Vanhook gives Tigers boost vs. Raiders
Senior forward Anthony Vanhook had all the answers Thursday night and made the questioner pay.
Vanhook posted game highs of 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as Chapel Hill buried visiting Southern Vance 59-27.
“We’re using him a little bit more on the wing,” Chapel Hill coach Tod Morgan said of Vanhook. “We look at him and practice and go ‘Wow!’ He’s such a good passer. Every night, you know he’s going to be on the boards and score the ball as well, but now he’s doing even more getting other guys involved.”
According to Morgan, he was able to use all his available players, and nine of them scored at least two points.
“I’m proud of our team defense and the fact that we played all of our guys,” Morgan said. “And defensively, there wasn’t a lot of fall off.”
That might have been the understatement of the year.
Using reserves extensively throughout the game, Chapel Hill (13-4, 2-1 Carolina 6 3-A) ground the Raiders down, holding their offense to 9, 4 and 4 points in the second, third and fourth quarters.
Southern Vance (6-8, 1-2) was in it early, trailing 14-10 after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Chapel Hill’s Shane Turner to end the first quarter. But the Raiders only had one more shot at getting back in it after falling behind by 10 late in the first half. Southern Vance missed three free throws in the final 21 seconds of the half when they could have trimmed the lead to five.
Chapel Hill opened the second half with a 16-2 run that included a 3-point play by Vanhook and a 3-pointer by Ryan Hegedus to put it on away.
In the girls’ game that opened the doubleheader, Chapel Hill beat a good Southern Vance team 65-46 largely on an outstanding night by forward Jamella Smith.
Smith finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, as the Tigers improved to 16-1 overall, 3-0 in the Carolina 6. Southern Vance dropped to 14-2, 2-1 in the league.
NOTES — Chapel Hill senior Andrew Grant missed Thursday’s game with “flu-like” symptoms, according to Morgan. ... Senior Treshawn Craig, who played for the Tigers as a sophomore but sat out last year while tending to personal issues, has rejoined the program. He had eight points and four rebounds against Southern Vance.
Chapel Hill (B) 59, S. Vance 27
SOUTHERN VANCE — Jamal Williams 8, Devanté Henderson 4, Dequanté Hinton 2, Cameron Evans 7, Reggie Hunter 6.
CHAPEL HILL — Stephen Himmelberg Jr. 6, Anthony Vanhook 20, Andy Gillespie 2, Elliot Orenstein 3, Shane Turner 3, Brian Thornton 4, Ryan Hegedus 7, Wilson Collins 6, Treshawn Craig 8.
3-point FG—Southern Vance 2 (Williams, Evans), Chapel Hill 3 (Hegedus, Orenstein, Turner). Rebounds—Southern Vance 21 (Ty-Traveon Roberts 5), Chapel Hill 40 (Vanhook 14). Blocked shots—Southern Vance 4 (Roberts 2), Chapel Hill 1 (Vanhook). Steals—Southern Vance 6 (Hunter 2), Chapel Hill 9 (Orenstein 3). Assists—Southern Vance4 (Jahun Ricks 2, Evans 2), Chapel Hill 18 (Vanhook 6). Turnovers—Southern Vance 19 (Shawn Henderson Jr. 5), Chapel Hill 11 (Karl Hill 2).
Records—Southern Vance 6-8, 1-2 Carolina 6 3-A; Chapel Hill 13-4, 2-1.
Chapel Hill (G) 65, S. Vance 46
SOUTHERN VANCE — Moesha Sneed 10, Rashyda Burwell 12, Kiyanna Kearney 5, Breona Jones 16, Mikayla Sellers 2.
CHAPEL HILL — Tamia Eatmon 1, Laura Musalem 6, Arianne Jacobs 3, Jessica Wall 4, Raziyah Farrington 10, Catherine Romaine 10, Jamella Smith 24, Autumn West 7.
3-point FG—Southern Vance 5 (Burwell 2, Jones 2, Kearney); Chapel Hill 3 (Smith 2, Jacobs). Rebounds—Chapel Hill 36 (Smith 13). Blocked shots—Chapel Hill 4 (Romaine 2, West 2). Steals—Chapel Hill 14 (Musalem 5). Assists—Chapel Hill 17 (Eatmon 4, Romaine 4).
Records—Southern Vance 14-2, 2-1 Carolina 6 3-A; Chapel Hill 16-1, 3-0.