Much anticipated QEA/Carlisle match-up called off
Quality Education Academy will not face the Carlisle School of Martinsville, Va. tonight, afterall.
The highly-anticipated match-up was scrapped Monday night because of the strong possibility of inclement weather.
The game would have been a rematch between the two top-ranked high school programs.
QEA won the first matchup 65-62 on Jan. 25 in Martinsville. The game went down to the wire, but with some stiff defense and a phenomenal 30-point performance by QEA small forward Jerrelle Deberry, the Fighting Pharaohs pulled off the win.
Carlisle is led by Thon Maker, the nation’s top-ranked high school basketball player.
Another battle between Maker, who stands at more than 7-feet, and QEA’s big man, 6’11 Ibrahima Diallo, had made the game, which was to be played in QEA’s new gym, the talk of the town. The game may be reschedule, but no time table was available at press time.
Diallo, one of tallest players in the Southeast and nation, committed to play Rutgers on Monday. Diallo averages 12 points, four blocks and 15 rebounds per game.
QEA’ home game against Raleigh’s Word of God, a team led by former North Carolina State University standout Quinton Jackson Sr., will be played on Monday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. instead of on Saturday.
After knocking off perennial top dog Oak Hill Academy to start off the season, Quality Education Academy has been pushing through the season and is currently 17-3. The Fighting Pharaohs are on an eight-game winning streak and have a perfect 11-0 record at home.
The QEA gymnasium is near the corner of Lansing Drive and Carver School Road. Admission to Monday’s game is $5.