When Science Hill attempts a 3-pointer there’s an excellent chance it’s going to be Good.
Senior C.J. Good made his 300th career 3-pointer on Saturday, the first of five he converted in a 71-52 victory against Tennessee High in the consolation bracket of the Arby’s Classic at Viking Hall.
Good is believed to be a distant first in career 3-pointers at Science Hill. Omar Wattad made 186 his final three seasons after playing some as a freshman.
Good made 17 of 34 attempted behind the arc while helping Science Hill go 3-1 to finish sixth at Arby’s. He was 7 of 9 from deep in a three-point win against Curtis Staples’ Virginia Episcopal.
Staples, an All-Arby’s Classic selection while helping Roanoke-Patrick Henry win the title in 1991, later set an NCAA record with 413 3-pointers at Virginia. That mark was broken by fellow Roanoke product J.J. Redick, whose record has since been eclipsed by Tennessee’s Chris Lofton.
Staples was impressed with C.J. and his brother, freshman point guard Patrick Good, who finished a drive to his left with a left-handed kiss high off the backboard to get Science Hill within 49-42 midway through the third quarter against Staples’ Bishops. Patrick later hit a trey to get the Hilltoppers within 55-53 and assisted the ensuing two 3-pointers from C.J., which gave Science Hill a 59-57 lead.
“Those guys are tough,” Staples said. “(Patrick) is gonna be good, man, because he can shoot it, too. And he’s not afraid. He’s gonna be tough to deal with in a few years. He’s tough now if you leave him open, and he’s only gonna get better.”
C.J.’s 300th 3-pointer fittingly came after penetration and a kick-out from Will Adams, who essentially feels like he’s making a 3-pointer when a pass leaves his hands in the direction of an open C.J.
“Oh, I know it’s money,” Adams said. “I mean, he’s gonna make it. And if he doesn’t, I’m confident he’s making the next one.”
C.J. works tirelessly without the ball, but his shot is clearly leaving his hands more quickly after catches this season.
“His footwork’s a lot better and he gets it off a lot quicker,” Tennessee High coach Roby Witcher said. “And if gets open he’s gonna make the majority of them.”
You might find C.J. in the gym at 6 a.m., getting quicker with the trigger.
“Yeah, because people don’t really give me as much room, because they know I can shoot,” he said. “I’ve just worked on getting it off quicker so I don’t get it blocked.”
Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip describes Good as the consummate gym rat, which has enhanced his basketball IQ.
“And he shoots such an amazing percentage because he doesn’t take bad shots,” Cutlip said.
Former Science Hill player Trevonn Fields plays for Staples. Fields, who started on the Hilltoppers state semifinal team last season, became the Hilltoppers’ go-to receiver in football before transferring after two games to Virginia Episcopal, where he helped the Bishops to a state title. He was the key target there, too.
“Yes, he was,” Staples said. “I mean, he changed the whole (football) program around.”
The 6-foot-5 Fields is a starter in basketball. He had eight points, three assists and made 2 of 3 treys against the Hilltoppers, including a 3-pointer that gave Episcopal a 49-40 lead.
Staples was impressed with how Fields handled the emotional setting of playing his former team.
“I thought he actually would not handle it as well as he did,” Staples said. “I thought he did a great job. He was focused.
“Trevonn has had a very good year. I know it was tough coming back home, but Trevonn won a state championship in football and he’s transitioning on a team with a lot of different players.”
Similar to Staples, Fields wasn’t impressed with the officiating against Science Hill. But he was composed and credited his former teammates while discrediting some whistles.
“We didn’t have calls go our way and they knocked down tough shots in the end and they just out-hustled us,” said Fields, who enjoyed seeing the familiar faces. “They showed me some love and I just thanked them. We still talk from time to time and it was a little rivalry – them versus me. And they got the better of us.”
Fields’ father, Brad, was also an outstanding receiver and made the All-Arby’s team in 1996.
Two other Science Hill transfers, Shannon Hale and Jaylen Allen, lost in the semifinals to eventual-champion Urspring (Germany) while trying to help Christ School (Arden, N.C.) win a second straight title.
Allen, a Wofford signee, made four 3-pointers while scoring a team-high 20 points in the semifinals against eventual champion Urspring.
“He was pulling up from almost everywhere and … he was a matchup problem,” said Urspring coach Ralph Junge, who played for Urspring when it first played at Arby’s in 2001.
Allen’s quick hands evoke visions of his father, Shane Williams, an All-Arby’s selection in 1989 and ’90 who was intensely viewing Christ School games. Allen had 10 steals in four games. Science Hill’s Will Adams tallied 13 steals in four games.
The 6-foot-8 Hale, an Alabama signee who grew up “down the street” from Viking Hall, averaged 16 points.
Oak Ridge, which put Virginia Episcopal in the loser’s bracket with a three-point victory, finished fifth. The Wildcats are coached by Aaron Green, an All-Arby’s guard after helping Sweetwater to a third-place finish in 1994.
Green was a freshman at Tennessee for Kevin O’Neil when Shane Williams and his former Science Hill teammate, Damon Johnson, were seniors with the Volunteers. Johnson is Will Adams’ cousin.
Green’s great uncle, Bill Bailey, was a fullback-linebacker at Science Hill.
“I understand he was a heck of a football player,” Green said. “He was there right before Steve Spurrier.”
Sullivan East guard David Casaday had a memorable tournament. He helped the Patriots win their first game at Arby’s since defeating Tabernacle Baptist (Bahamas) in 2007. Casaday also tied an Arby’s record held by Drew Hayworth (Daniel Boone), Jacolby Davis (Meridian, Miss.) and Pete Rodriguez (Thunderbird, Ariz.) with eight 3-pointers during his 30-point performance in a hard-fought, first-round loss to Christ School.
Casaday also swished a half-court shot at the end of the first half in a 67-62 loss to Father Henry Carr (Toronto).
East has had numerous deadly perimeter shooters. Patriots coach John Dyer said Isaac Snapp was the school’s all-time leader with 290 treys.