ROCKINGHAM — Clutch fourth-quarter shooting on the biggest stage so far this season from Jamarion Wall has named him the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by HWY 55.
In the 4A East regional championship, Wall scored nine of his 14 points in the final eight minutes, helping the No. 2 Raiders to a 69-61 over No. 5 Holly Springs High School.
As the Raiders have five days to prepare for the 4A state championship, this is Wall’s third career selection and second this season.
Winter Sport: Basketball
Position: Shooting Guard
Years on Varsity: 3 Years
“SHOOTING DAGGERS” WITH JAMARION WALL
With a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 4A East regional title game, the No. 2 Raiders needed a spark to help distance themselves from a challenging No. 5 Holly Springs team.
Wall proved to be the catalyst the Raiders needed, using his perimeter shooting to ice the game and move Richmond to its first state title game since 1997.
Ahead of the game, head coach Donald Pettigrew told Wall it was his time to step up and have that breakthrough playoff performance. Responding, Wall was lights out with 14 points and three rebounds.
Connecting on four three-pointers in the win, Wall made his first basket in the second quarter. Hitting a triple from the right corner, Wall’s first three points made it a 25-19 lead with 4:30 left in the half.
His first two of his 11 second-half points came on a tip-in at the rim with just under three minutes left in the third. The Raiders entered the fourth up 53-52.
A 16-9 by Richmond in the fourth quarter sealed the win. Wall matched the Golden Hawks in scoring by himself, and actually hit the eventual game-winning basket.
The first of his three treys in the fourth came from the top of the arc to start the scoring, followed by another from the right wing at the 6:15 mark to break a 56-56 tie.
Following a strip and jam by Paul McNeil Jr., Wall rattled home his final points from the right wing with 2:14 to play. That made it a 64-56 lead, one Richmond held onto the rest of the way.
Richmond (28-2) will try to win its first 4A state title in program history on Saturday against Myers Park High School (27-4).
The 4A championship will be played at UNC’s Dean E. Smith Center, starting at 7:30 p.m.
RAPID RESPONSE VIDEO WITH JAMARION WALL
In his video interview, Wall discusses his fourth-quarter performance, shares what the journey through the postseason has been like so far and talks about the excitement leading up to the state championship.
The Richmond Observer will publish two more Official Richmond County Athletes of the Week next week.