Monday, December 15, 2008

Charlotteans sweep Big South awards

Charlotteans seem to be making a basketball splash everywhere (see those Curry brothers), and hometown heroes are at it again. Both of the Big South awards went to natives this week, as VMI senior guard Chavis Holmes was Player of the Week, while teammate Keith Gabriel was Freshman of the Week.

Holmes, who played at Christ School and Vance High, averaged 24.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 rebounds in leading VMI to two wins last week. He scored 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the Keydets’ victory over Campbell, in addition to four rebounds, four steals and two assists. Against Southern Wesleyan, Holmes scored a team-high 26 points on 9-of-13 from the field 7-of-7 from the free throw line. He also had five assists, two blocked shots and three assists in the victory.

Gabriel, a guard who played at United Faith in high school, averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals last week. In the win over Campbell, Gabriel scored 11 points, with three rebounds and two assists. Saturday against Southern Wesleyan, he scored 20 points and hit four three-point field goals while contributing five assists and six steals.

--Stan Olson