In front of a packed house of +3,000 people, Zion Williamson and Myles Tate traded baskets for four quarters in a game that those in attendance won't soon forget.
No, the final score wasn't close (Dorman won 78-61) but this particular game boasted one of the best atmospheres I've ever witnessed at a high school event. Fans were camped out at 5:00 pm, waiting for the doors to open. School officials said tickets sold out in less than 30 minutes once they went on sale earlier this year. All to see two defending state champions: Dorman (SCHSL 5A) and Spartanburg Day (SCISA 2A), and Zion Williamson, the Duke Commit and consensus top 3 player in the country.
The 18-year-old McDonald's All-American DID NOT disappoint.
To begin the game, Zion threw down three MONSTER jams in less than two minutes of game time. The building was on fire, and Spartanburg Day had jumped out to an early 9-3 lead.
The stage seemed set for yet another dominant performance from the soon-to-be Duke Blue Devil, but a certain Dorman Sophomore had other plans.
Myles Tate chose this national stage for his coming out party.
He announced his presence early with a triple to tie the game at nine.
He then showed off his handles before hitting a step-back three just before the half.
Midway through the 3rd, Tate showed his ability in the open floor, executing a beautiful Euro step and lay in on his way to a career high 34 points.
Keep in mind, Myles Tate is a SOPHOMORE.
Dorman may have gotten the win, but the crowd at hand was treated to a show from Williamson, who scored a game-high 39 points.
It wasn't just his offense that impressed. This huge block got fans to their feet, as well. Take note of how high he gets to swat the floater away.
And his anticipation leads to steals and fastbreaks like this one:
That aggressive style of play doesn't come without risks. You can see here how he cheats towards the top of the key and gets beat for an easy bucket.
The biggest knocks on Zion have been his conditioning and his perimeter game. How will those translate to the next level? I will say, he did looked gassed towards the end of the game, but when his coach sat him with four fouls in the fourth quarter, Dorman went on a 12-2 run that basically put the game away.
While he didn't shoot it particularly well beyond the arc, he at least showed the ability to knock down an open three when presented with the opportunity.
Fortunately for fans, you should have the opportunity to watch both of these teams play again on the NFHS Network. The playoffs are almost here, and our Basketball Headquarters page has links to ALL of our upcoming action.