ORLANDO – After a sluggish first half, Atlanta Xpress found their rhythm in the final 16 minutes en route to a 51-36 victory over North Rising Stars Elite. Oak Hill point guard Terrance Phillips led Atlanta in nearly every statistical category, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Phillips scored 11 of his 13 in the second half, providing Atlanta with the consistent scoring threat that they missed in the previous period.
Outside of Phillips, Michigan State target Danjel Purifoy had an impressive showing, ending Tuesday’s contest with nine points and 10 rebounds. Purifoy’s highlight play of the game came in the second half when the incoming junior finished the break with a powerful slam after a steal. 2017 combo guard James Walker Jr. played well beyond his age on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, and three rebounds. Walker Jr was in command of the game from the outset, and made several key plays in Atlanta’s victory.
Center Doral Moore, who has received interest from various high-major programs as of late, had a decent performance, ending Tuesday’s game with two points and seven rebounds. Moore’s length caused disruptions on the defensive end, as Rising Stars had trouble penetrating the lane for points inside the paint.
Phillips, Purifoy and Walker Jr combined to score 28 points in the second half, helping Atlanta maintain a double-digit lead for the entirety of the second half.
- Zach Fleer / @ZachFleerSP