Tigers top Gibbons for share of Carolina 6 title
Chapel Hill senior Anthony Vanhook wiped the glass all night and got buckets against Cardinal Gibbons, pushing the Tigers to their third straight 20-win season and a share of the regular-season Carolina 6 Conference championship with a 55-44 victory Friday night.
Oxford Webb also won on Friday, which means they are tied with Chapel Hill for the top spot in the conference. The luck of a draw today during a meeting of the conference’s coaches will determine which team gets the No. 1 seed in the league tournament that starts on Monday.
Chapel Hill won the regular-season championship outright in the past two seasons.
“Really proud of these kids, especially these 10 seniors,” Chapel Hill coach Tod Morgan said.
Nobody scored the ball like Vanhook, and aside from his game-high 18 points, he was hurting Cardinal Gibbons with his rebounding and interior passing.
“In order to beat Chapel Hill, OK, it’s really simple,” Cardinal Gibbons coach Marque Carrington said. “You’ve got to contain Vanhook. You’ve got to keep those guys off the boards. We knew we had to play physical.”
Carrington said his Crusaders were out there on offense settling for floaters in order to avoid getting touched, while the Tigers embraced contact.
Chapel Hill didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but Vanhook and his teammates worked the glass for second-chance opportunities and cashed them in, Carrington said.
“Somebody’s going to really get a steal on him on the college level, because he’s kind of under the radar,” Morgan said about Vanhook. “He’s going to be a nice player on the next level.”
Elliot Orenstein added 10 points for Chapel Hill.
Patrick Domville led the Crusaders with 10 points.
Carrington said his team has talent, but they just aren’t tough enough right now.
“This is not a typical Cardinal Gibbons team,” Carrington said. “We’re not willing to be nasty. We’re not willing to do the dirty work on defense. This team is too soft, and I’m sorry to say that. We’re just not tough enough, and it showed tonight.
“No disrespect to Northern Vance and Southern Vance and Orange. That kind of effort could beat Northern Vance and Southern Vance and Orange. That kind of effort would never beat Chapel Hill and Oxford Webb of this year.”
Stephen Himmelberg Jr. gave Chapel Hill a 2-0 lead before any time ticked off the clock, making good on two free throws awarded because a Cardinal Gibbons player dunked during warmups, resulting in a technical foul.
Chapel Hill 55, Gibbons 44
CHAPEL HILL — Stephen Himmelberg Jr. 8, Anthony Vanhook 18, Elliot Orenstein 10, Shane Turner 2, Andrew Grant 3, Brian Thornton 4, Ryan Hegedus 8, Treshawn Craig 2.
CARDINAL GIBBONS — Austin Burnette 9, John Cunningham 3, Patrick Domville 10, Nick Holloway 3, Justin Reid 2, Moses Romocki 9, Trevor Zeruba 8.
Records—Chapel Hill 20-4, 9-1 Carolina; Cardinal Gibbons 13-8, 5-4.