MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - Tournament Most Valuable Player Elton Coffield (Williamston, N.C./Williamston HS) scored a game-high 23 points to lead Mount Olive to a 102-67 victory over Newberry in the Championship Game of the 39th Annual Pickle Classic Saturday at College Hall. The win gives the Trojans their fifth consecutive Pickle Classic title.
Mount Olive (2-0) held an early three-point lead before Coffield and Victor Young (Goldsboro, N.C./Goldsboro HS) combined for 23 points in a 27-9 run to give the Trojans a 37-16 lead with 5:51 left in the first half. Young scored all of his 13 points during the scoring run, including an alley-oop reverse slam dunk and a pair of three-pointers in a span of 50 seconds to put the Trojans ahead by double figures to stay. The Trojans led by as many as 22 points in the first half and went into the locker room with a 46-29 lead at halftime.
Newberry (1-2) stayed within striking range early in the first half as Michael Dease hit a three-pointer and converted a three-point play to pull the Indians within 54-39 with 16:13 left in the game. But that would be as close as Newberry would get as Mount Olive went on a 22-4 run over the next five minutes to build the lead above 30 points. Sharome Holloway (Phoenix, Ariz./Green Mountain CC) hit 8-of-10 free throws during the scoring run. The Trojans led by as many as 40 points and Newberry never got any closer than 30 points the rest of the way.
Holloway finished with 15 points, including 9-for-12 from the free throw line, and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Maurice Horton (Hampton, Va./Phoebus HS) added 12 points, four assists and three steals, while Elijah Rouse (Kinston, N.C./Kinston HS) finished with eight points, seven rebounds and six assists. Newberry was led by Dease with 16 points, while Tommy Burke added 11 points and Elijah Frasier finished with 10 points and five assists.
Holloway and Young were named to the All-Tournament Team for Mount Olive, while Dease earned All-Tournament honors for Newberry.
Newberry comes home for its first contest Tuesday night against Erskine as the nightcap of a doubleheader with the women's team. All the action begins at 6 p.m.