Smith’s triple-double highlights Pack’s tournament week

Published 3:26 pm Friday, December 30, 2022

Freshman point guard Chaise Smith posted a triple-double in Washington High School’s 81-73 victory over Thales Academy of Apex in the Terry Walls Invitational Tournament in Goldsboro Tuesday.

Smith had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead three players in double figures

“He has adjusted to the pace of high school basketball and is no longer a freshman in my mind,” coach David Allewalt said. “He played a really good floor game, was aggressive on the boards and I see this as a building block for what he’s going to do the rest of the season.”

Junior guard Jarai Davenport had 15 points as did sophomore Khaliq Boston, who drained five three-pointers for his 15 points. Junior post player Gary Payne added nine points and eight rebounds, while senior Christian Norman scored eight and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.

Smith was named to the All-Tournament team along with sophomore Jayvon Williams.

The Pack lost to Wayne Country Day, 85-62 and Wayne Prep Academy 70-66 Wednesday and Thursday to complete the 2022 schedule with a 5-6 record.

WHS is 2-0, tied for second in the Eastern Plains Conference and travel to perennial power Farmville Central (3-0, 10-0) Tuesday and host second place Greene Central (2-0, 11-2) Friday.

“We lost to two very good teams in the tournament and face two very good teams next week,” Allewalt said. “We need to keep our composure and take care of the ball against Farmville and the Greene Central game will only be our third home game all year. Our schedule so far has prepared us to face tough opponents every night and next week will be a good test to see how far we’ve come. Our defense is getting better, but we need to get back in the gym for practice to make some adjustments. We are excited to play two very tough opponents next week.”