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Granville Central takes part in preseason jamboree

Panthers play Bunn, Orange high schools in three-team event

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HILLSBOROUGH The Orange High School Panthers hosted a three-team jamboree June 20. Bunn, Granville Central and Orange high schools took to the court to hone their basketball skills for the upcoming season.

Each team had the opportunity to play two games with 16-minute halves. The clock would stop with two minutes remaining in the half.

Terence Harcum and Jamari Mann led the young Panthers to a four-point exhibition win against Orange High.

Orange head coach Derryl Britt said he was pleased with the way his team responded to the pressure defense by Granville Central.

“We looked like I expected. I knew we have the ability to knock down the 3-pointers, but we need to work on rebounding,” Britt said. “I have several players that have not attended any workouts and that would make a difference.”

Granville Central head coach Mike McDaniel said he was excited to see his young team play as well as they did against Orange.

“We did a lot of good things, but we still have a lot to work on to be where we want to be this season,” he said.

Conference opponents Granville Central and Bunn played the final game of the night and did not keep score. Both teams worked on inside play and JJ Tilley, Seth Wade and Tayvin Cozart showcased several nice plays in the paint for the Panthers.

Granville Central finished last year with a 19-9 overall record and 12-2 in conference play. The Panthers’ season ended in the third round of the 1A playoffs. McDaniel and his players are hoping the jamborees will help serve as a warmup heading into next year.