Blythewood’s Trey Jackson III has record-setting performance at Carolinas Classic

Blythewood’s Trey Jackson III receives the Most Outstanding Player award for Team South Carolina at the Carolinas Classic held Saturday in Wilmington, N.C.

WILMINGTON, N,.C. – Saturday marked the official end to the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

For seniors like Blythewood’s Trey Jackson III, Tommy Bruner of 2-time Class 2A boys’ basketball champion Gray Collegiate, Taylor Britt of Spring Valley, Olivia Thompson of Lexington and Danae McNeal of Swansea, the Carolinas Classic All-Star games marked the final time they would suit up for their respective schools.

On this day at John Hoggard High School, it was Jackson who shined the most in his final high school contest.

In leading team South Carolina to a 129-117 win over North Carolina, Jackson set two Classic records for most points (36) and 3-pointers (8).

Jackson was 1 of 6 players to score in double figures for South Carolina. University of South Carolina signee Trae Hannibal of Hartsville finished with 25 point, Ishan White of Berkeley finished with 18 points, Trey Smith of Landrum had 13 and Marlow Gilmore of Hunter-Kinard-Tyler and Juwan Perdue of Lakewood each added 10 points.

Bruner scored just 2 points, but had 5 assists which ended with crowd-pleasing slam dunks.

In the opener, the North Carolina girls pulled away for a 80-59 victory over South Carolina. University of Tennessee signee Tamari Key of Cary High School took Most Outstanding Player honors after posting a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists.

It was a seesaw contest early with South Carolina holding a 10-9 advantage. North Carolina proceeded to go on a 21-4 run to take command of the contest and saw their lead grow no lower than 6 points the rest of the game.

Britt had a game-high 21 points for South Carolina. Thompson and Mya Burns of 3-time Class 4A champion North Augusta each had 12 points, while McNeal was held scoreless.


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