by Jonah Spoerndle
Miami got a huge game from Sheldon McClellan to move to 5-0 on the season and claim the Charleston Classic Title 77-58 over the Charlotte 49ers. McClellan narrowly missed a double double scoring 19 points grabbing 8 rebounds and adding 3 assists and 1 steal. Angel Rodriguez also dominated in the game scoring 13 points with 2 rebounds 5 assists and 5 steals. Rodriguez was named the tournament’s most valuable player after the game.
Charlotte could not recover after losing their leading scorer Braxton Ogbueze to a knee injury in the middle of the first half. Ogbueze, who was named to the all-tournament team after the game, was in obvious pain as he was carried off the court by his teammate.
Mike Thorne Jr. was a bright spot for the 49ers scoring 19 points and adding 6 rebounds. Pierria Henry also scored 11 points and added 5 rebounds in the losing effort.
Both teams came out to play in the first half as they traded baskets to start out the game. The lead changed hands 6 times before Miami was able to take control. The Hurricanes rode a 10-3 run into a seven-point halftime lead.
Sheldon McClellan was a key contributor for Miami scoring 8 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Tonye Jekiri added 7 points and 4 rebounds for the Hurricanes as well.
Ivan Benkovic played strong for the 49ers in the first half hitting all of his shots for 9 points.
But Charlotte seemed to be overmatched in the second half as the Hurricanes came out to go on a 19-7 run to increase their lead to 19 points. Miami did not let up as they continued to sustain their lead scoring at will on the Charlotte defense. Angel Rodriguez was even able to pass the ball off the backboard to a trailing Tonye Jekiri for a two-handed slam.
Miami and Charlotte will continue their rivalry on Tuesday as Charlotte will play host to the Hurricanes at 9:00 pm.