The visiting Panthers couldn’t match Southern’s intensity this time around, as the Spartans (10-8, 7-2 Big Eight 3-A) blitzed Orange 70-53 on Friday night. Amari Hamilton scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, including 14 in a clutch performance in the fourth quarter.
Deep, talented boys team off to 16-2 start on hardwood
Chapel Hill sweeps Big Eight 3-A Conference boys and girls swim meet ... Wrestling, girls basketball, boys basketball results
Cedar Ridge was gunning for an upset over heavily favored Orange. With just seven ticks of the clock left in the game, Red Wolves point guard Peyton Pappas fired up a 3-pointer to tie it. The ball circled round and round the rim. But instead of dropping in with a dramatic flair, the rotating ball more closely resembled the Red Wolves’ comeback bid going down the drain. It popped out after its brief tease and Orange went on to win the cross-town rivalry 65-61.
Donnie Davies played at Cummings High School, in Burlington, before heading to Georgia Tech.
All-conference teams named for football, volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' soccer. Southern High's Kendall Hinton named football's offensive player of the year, Orange's J.D. Brooks named defensive player of the year.
East Chapel Hill, N.C. Science & Math, Carrboro and Granville Central high schools are area leaders in fall sports Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
Orange, trailing by a touchdown, lost its starting quarterback on a keeper when he was pounded by Southern defenders, perhaps costing the Panthers a shot at victory.
East Regional No. 2 seed Southern (12-2) stopped No. 6 seed Orange (12-2) for the second time in four weeks 31-24 Friday night and got a huge break when No. 4 seed Wilson Hunt (11-3) upset No. 1 seed Fayetteville Douglas Byrd (11-3) 20-14 on the road Friday as well. As a result, Southern (12-2) will host the state 3-AA East Regional championship game Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play for the state title at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field in Winston-Salem. ... Also, a look at how loss of Orange quarterback Garrett Cloer to injury handicapped the Panthers.
The 3-A Big Eight Conference powers finished the regular season 1-2 in the conference standings on the heels of Southern’s 55-41 Nov. 8 home win over the previously unbeaten Panthers that clinched Southern’s first title in the new league.
It was billed as the Game of the Year on Nov. 8 and it more than lived up to expectations as Southern High School held serve 55-41 in a game that turned on an Orange onside kick that Southern recovered with 3:08 to play and Orange trailing 48-41. Little did anyone know at the time, that showdown between 8-2 Southern and 10-0 Orange was just an appetizer for Friday’s main course, Game of the Year II — Orange at Southern, 7:30 p.m. This meeting means more than the first one did — and that one handed the prestigious Big Eight 3-A Conference title to Southern by a game over Orange. Friday’s Elite Eight 3-AA state playoff game will determine who moves on to play in the state semifinals and a shot at the 3-AA state championship.
Tay Jones scored three touchdowns on long runs, including a 51-yarder with 1:52 left in the game to help Orange hold off Cleveland 59-50 on Friday night in the second round of 3-AA playoffs. With the win, Orange advances to an Elite Eight showdown at Big Eight 3-A Conference rival Southern Friday at 7:30.
The playoff road isn’t paved with yellow bricks and there are no Munchkins lining up against Orange and Hillside on the road tonight at Clayton Cleveland (3-AA) and Knightdale (4-A), respectively, or at Southern (3-AA) where the Spartans host Cardinal Gibbons. Game time for each second-round playoff is 7:30 p.m.
Boys' and girls' basketball ... boys' and girls' swimming ...
The Orange Panthers’ defense, which allowed 55 points last week to Southern, made a statement in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-AA playoffs Friday.