Easy Night For Wendell Carter Jr., Pace Academy, Cruises Past Stone Mountain to 69-38 Victory
On Tuesday, the Pace Academy Knights hosted the Stone Mountain Pirates. It would be a night in which the Knights would also celebrate their 2015/2016 Georgia High School Association Class 2A State Championship with a banner hanging ceremony. As the game tipped off, Wendell Carter Jr., the No. 3 player in the Nation and Duke Blue Devil commit, and the Knights got out to an early 6-0 lead including a fade away baseline jumper by Carter forcing Stone Mountain to use their first timeout with 5:18 to go in the opening quarter. Out of timeout the Knights' #2 Sr. guard Barrett Baker would drain a 3-point basket making it a 9-0 game.
Pace would continue to add to their lead as Stone Mountain was not able to get any baskets to drop and the Knights went up 20-0 with 1:00 minute to go in the opening period and would go on to close out the quarter up 24-0. As the second quarter got underway, the Pirates would eventually get on the board following a couple of made free throws but would still find themselves down 29-4 with 5:26 to go in the first half. As play continued in the second quarter, Stone Mountain would make it a 20 point game, being down 31-11 with 1:00 to go in the first half and would go into halftime down 33-11. As the second half got underway, Stone Mountain would get the first two buckets of the third quarter but Pace would answer back with back to back 3-point baskets to make it a 39-15 game with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter.
The Knights would continue to dominate Stone Mountain throughout the third quarter going up by 57-21 as the period came to an end. With a shortened fourth quarter (Pace 30+ point lead) underway, Stone Mountain continued to struggle offensively against the Knights as Pace would go up 67-24 with 2:25 remaining in the game. Pace would go on to win by a final of 69-38 and it would be a lite evening for Carter (8 pts), who did not see much action in the second half, none in the fourth quarter, thanks to Pace’s dominance over Stone Mountain throughout the game.