The 3-A Orange boys, 3-A Chapel Hill girls and 4-A Hillside girls all advanced and return to Crown Coliseum today looking to win one more game and advance to state-championship Saturday on March 15.
These Trojans exchange a few seconds of fame for 32 minutes of team ball.
No. 1-seeded Orange had more flair, both in the introductions and after the ball was tipped, throwing down dunks and offering some pizzazz in a 69-56 win in the East Regional 3-A boys’ basketball semifinals at Crown Coliseum here late Wednesday.
Orange High School might be sailing through uncharted waters as it prepares for the boys 3-A Eastern Regional semifinals Wednesday, March 5 at Fayetteville's Crown Coliseum, but Panthers coach Greg Motley won’t change the way his team approaches its game against West Brunswick.
Orange needed a strong fourth quarter to hold off Eastern Alamance, and it got one from senior captain J.D. Brooks, who scored nine of his 23 points in the period to lead the Panthers to an 86-78 win Friday night.
Three girls’ and three boys’ teams enter the Sweet 16 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball tournament Friday, Feb. 28, including at least two distinct favorites in No. 2 4-A boys’ seed Northern and undefeated No. 1 3-A girls’ seed Chapel Hill.
That explosive fast break was just part of J.D. Brooks' 18-point scoring barrage in helping the No. 1 seed and host Panthers bounce Chapel Hill out of the state 3-A playoffs, 72-63.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association on Saturday announced its brackets for the state 1-A/2-A/3-A/4-A boys’ basketball tournaments which begin Monday night. No. 1 seeds went to the Chapel Hill (3-A) and Granville Central (1-A) girls and to the Orange (3-A) boys.
The No. 3 seed Spartans defeated No. 1 seed Orange 67-53 at Chapel Hill High School, giving the Spartans the title in their first year in the new league since moving down from the 4-A ranks after last season.
With 2 seconds remaining in the game, Northwood junior point guard Ti Pinnix muscled his way into an interior shot that had been money for him all night. A basket would tie the game and send it to overtime.
Area 2-A, 3-A and 4-A wrestlers who finished in the top four of their weight classes in regional competition Sunday and Monday will take to the mats at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday through Saturday for NCHSAA championship competition. Area 1-A qualifiers will begin state title competition Friday and continue on Saturday.
Orange captain doesn’t believe the Panthers' past success will haunt the team.
The latest version of the Orange wrecking crew left little doubt Saturday it is as powerful as its mat predecessors. The Panthers compiled four pins and a major decision to crush Chapel Hill 55-6 and claim the inaugural Big Eight 3-A Conference wrestling crown.
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