HILLSBOROUGH – The NCHSAA East Regional’s No. 1 seed Orange proved just why it was given that seeding with an 86-78 defeat of rival and No. 9 seed Eastern Alamance. However, the Eagles never gave up and tested just how long the Panthers could hold on.
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HILLSBOROUGH – J.D. Brooks and Tay Jones were a dynamic duo Friday night, powering the Orange High boys basketball team to an 86-78 defeat of Eastern Alamance in the third round of the 3A NCHSAA state playoffs.
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Brooks scored 21 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, while Jones added 13 points and five steals in an energetic effort as the Panthers advanced to the sectional finals Wednesday night in Fayetteville against No. 5 seed West Brunswick.
As good as Brooks and Keegan Crabtree (22 points before fouling out late) were for the Panthers, Orange coach Greg Motley said Jones keyed the win.
“Tay pushed himself beyond his limits,” Motley said. “He earned the game ball tonight.”
Perhaps that’s because he was so willing to sacrifice his body with a scrappy defensive effort that helped the Panthers hold off an Eagles squad led by Lamont Robinson’s 28 points.
The Mt. St. Mary’s bound guard was terrific as usual in keeping the Eagles in striking distance throughout with an array of baskets. When he fouled out on a reach-in with just more than four minutes left; Eastern Alamance’s chances were seriously damaged, however.
Jones saw to that with a slam dunk and a pair of free throws, while Brooks followed up his own miss at the charity stripe with a slam dunk to make it 80-75 with just less than two minutes remaining.
The Eagles were doomed thanks to some late turnovers and awful shooting behind the arc (4 of 31), while the Panthers were a more efficient 6 of 13.
Orange stormed out to a 16-4 lead midway through the first quarter, though Eastern Alamance closed out the stanza with an 11-5 run to make it 21-15.
Malcolm Summers got the Mebane-area squad within a hoop at 29-27 with a slam dunk in the second quarter. The Panthers quickly roared back to build a double-digit advantage as Crabtree took over offensively.
Brooks and Jones also keyed a third quarter run with consecutive slam dunks as Orange built a 70-55 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
Jones said a raucous home crowd helped Orange throughout the contest.
“I was focused and hyped, it was the crowd,” Jones said. “I also love playing with all my teammates.”
2014 NCHSAA State Playoffs
3A Boys’ Bracket
HILLSBOROUGH – The 3A NCHSAA East Regional No. 1-seeded Orange Panthers held off the No. 16-seeded Chapel Hill Tigers to advance to the 3rd round of the playoffs, 72-63.
The Panthers meet their bitter rivals, the No. 9-seeded Eastern Alamance Eagles, Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Hillsborough.
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Click here to read the game recap of this and other second-round games of Chapelboro teams.http://chapelboro.com/high-school-basketball/hs-boys-basketball-orange-72-chapel-hill-63/
CHAPEL HILL–The No. 9 North Carolina women’s basketball team took down Boston College on the road Sunday afternoon 73-56 to improve to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC.
With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 11-8 on the season and 2-3 in conference. UNC’s Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points each to spearhead the Tar Heel offensive attack.
Diamond DeShields added 12 points of her own and Carolina was able to pull away in the second half, leading by as many as 21 points before settling in on the 17-point final margin.
The Tar Heels have managed to emerge victorious in 11 out of their last 12 contests
Kelly Hughes led the way for Boston College with 13 points. The Eagles have now lost three of their last four games.
North Carolina next plays at Wake Forest on Thursday night.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/carolina-roll-continues-wbb-beats-bc/
CHAPEL HILL– The No. 9 Carolina women’s basketball team, 15-3 overall and 3-1 in league play, enter their Sunday 1 p.m. game at Boston College, 11-7 overall and 2-2 in the ACC, on a roll having won 10 of their last 11 contests.
The Tar Heels claimed an impressive 78-55 win against Clemson Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Boston College is coming off a tight 63-62 home win over Miami. The Eagles have won eight straight in Chestnut Hill.
Diamond DeShields has stepped up her game in the last three outings, averaging 23.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in that span. The ACC Rookie of the Week made four three-pointers for the second straight time in the Clemson game.
Carolina has won the previous four road games at Boston College. Last year, head coach Sylvia Hatchell became just the third women’s coach ever to reach 900 win milestone.
BC took a 63-57 with 1:30 left, but Miami scored the next five to pull within one point, however, the Hurricanes missed two layups in the final 10 seconds to allow the Eagles to escape with a victory.
The Tar Heels will follow up Sunday’s game with a trip over to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest on Thursday.
Sunday’s Tar Heels-Eagles game will be broadcast live right here on WCHL at 1 p.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/9-tar-heel-wbb-hits-road-face-boston-college/
CHAPEL HILL – Marcus Paige led the UNC men’s basketball team to an 82-71 win against Boston College Saturday for the Tar Heel’s first win in ACC play, avoiding the first 0-4 start in the ACC in Carolina history.
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Out of the first media timeout, Carolina went on an 8-2 run to set the tone and force a timeout from Boston College and head coach Steve Donahue.
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The run was extended to 15-4 before the less than 12-minute official timeout.
James Michael McAdoo opened the game 3-3 from the field with eight points. After the game he said strong play early established a base on which the team could build.
“Just getting off to a quick start in the first half, I feel like we really got things in our momentum,” McAdoo said. “Whenever you’re able to do that, it builds a lot of confidence, especially throughout the rest of the game.”
The Eagles chipped their way back into the game with three consecutive threes before the eight-minute mark. The game remained close throughout the rest of the first half, but the Tar Heels never relinquished the lead.
Carolina took a 36-32 advantage into the locker room.
The margin remained between two and six points in favor of the Tar Heels for most of the second half.
Half of the Eagles shots came behind the three-point line, and they knocked down 48 percent from three.
Head Coach Roy Williams said the outside shooting kept BC in the game.
“Boston College is really a hard team to play,” Coach Williams said. “They’re really very well coached; their kids do the things that Steve asks them to do. (When they) make those threes, they’re hard to guard like that. (They’re) good ball handlers; they put the ball on the floor and break you down. And yet, I thought we were, at times, really good.”
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With 4:30 left in the game, Marcus Paige found Leslie McDonald to give Carolina its largest lead of the second half at ten.
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UNC shot 4-12 from behind the arc. Coach Williams said that’s just about where he’d like to see the attempts.
“Four for 12, I’d like to make more,” Coach Williams said. “I don’t care if we shoot more than 12 threes, but I’d like to make more than four.”
Paige hit 6-9 from the field including 2-4 from three in the first half and hit his only attempt in the second for the team-leading 21 points. He also tallied four assists, two steals, and two rebounds.
With 1:31 left in the game, Coach Donahue couldn’t hold back his unrest with the officiating. The referees allowed him to continue yelling during a timeout after Olivier Hanlan was fouled out. After the timeout, Coach Donahue received his first-ever technical foul, and Paige knocked down both free throws. The coach found it hard to describe his emotions of that moment after the game.
“I think more frus…I was frustrated,” Coach Donahue said. “I didn’t even know it was Olivier’s fifth. First technical foul of my career. And I did not use any language.”
The Tar Heel defense held while Carolina went 6-6 from the free throw line from that point to take the 11-point win. As a team, UNC shot 20-30 from the charity stripe.
With the win, Carolina improved to 11-6, 1-3 in the ACC; BostonCollege fell to 5-13, 1-4.
UNC travels to Charlottesville, Virginia Monday night to take on the Cavaliers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and our pregame coverage on WCHL begins at 5:30 p.m.
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UNC vs. Boston College
CHAPEL HILL– The 10-6 Carolina men’s basketball team, losers of three straight ACC games, will look to earn their first conference victory Saturday at 12 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center when they take on the 5-12 Boston College Eagles.
Carolina comes into the contest following a week away from action following a lopsided defeat at the hands of Syracuse last Saturday. Boston College is coming off a loss at home to the very same Syracuse squad.
In what many are billing as a must-win game, the Tar Heels will carry a 10-5 all-time series lead into the Chapel Hill encounter with the Eagles.
Marcus Paige says Carolina will need to play with a greater sense of urgency to garner a win. Carolina could also use a stronger performance from the guard who has cooled off in ACC play.
Head Coach Roy Williams has said this week his team needs to produce more “old-fashioned” three-point plays by finishing inside when fouled.
The Tar Heels will attempt to avoid their first ever 0-4 start in the ACC. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and WCHL’s game day coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. with Countdown to Tipoff.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heels-attempt-avoid-first-0-4-acc-start-eagles-saturday/
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CHAPEL HILL– Crystal Dunn’s first half goal was good enough for the third-seeded UNC women’s soccer team to beat sixth-seed Boston College 1-0 and advance to the semifinals of the 2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament.
With the victory, Carolina improved to 17-3 on the season and 11-3 in the ACC while the Eagles dropped to 10-9-1 overall and 6-6-1 in conference play.
The Tar Heels dominated possession the majority of the contest in Chapel Hill and outshot Boston College 21-8 on Sunday. Both goalkeepers recorded career highs in saves to keep their teams in the match.
All four top seeds advanced in Sunday’s ACC quarterfinal play to set up a pair of heavyweight match-ups next weekend.
Ranked fourth nationally, the Tar Heels will be taking on the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles Friday at 8 p.m. at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Carolina will attempt to avenge their 1-0 loss to the Seminoles in Tallahassee earlier this season. UNC is 59-2-4 overall in ACC tournament play.
If you can’t make it over to Cary, the match will be televised nationally on ESPN3.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/dunns-goal-decisive-as-tar-heels-advance-to-acc-semis/
CHAPEL HILL–The No. 4 UNC women’s soccer team, 16-1, heads into quarterfinal action of the 2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament with some momentum following their 3-0 rout of Duke Halloween night.
Their opponent on Fetzer Field at 1 p.m. Sunday will be Boston College, sitting at 10-8-1 on the season.
The winner of Sunday’s match will advance to the semifinal round. The semifinals and finals will be held in Cary on Friday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 10 at the WakeMed Soccer Park.
Tickets can be purchased on GoHeels.com or at the Carmichael Arena ticket office one hour before the game begins.
The game will be nationally televised by ESPN3 and be aired on WCHL.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/tar-heel-womens-soccer-seeks-repeat-as-postseason-begins/
CHAPEL HILL– The Tar Heels claimed a much needed victory over Boston College in Kenan Stadium on Saturday. And this one wasn’t even close.
Winning by a score of 34-10, Carolina finally put together those four complete quarters they’ve been searching for. And for now, it keeps their bowl hopes alive.
Head Coach Larry Fedora says he was satisfied with the performance.
“Alright, a much different feeling in that locker room tonight- a much needed win. We played not error-free football, but we played with a lot less mistakes than we had in our previous games,” Coach Fedora says.
Coach Fedora says he really likes the dual threat combo of Marquise Williams and Bryn Renner at the quarterback position.
“Anytime you are moving the chains you are going to have a better rhythm. I got to give both those quarterbacks some praise as far as how they are handling that transition between the two. A lot of people are going to tell you that you can’t do that. […] But it’s really a seamless transition between the two,” Coach Fedora says.
The defense was getting plenty of pressure in the Boston College backfield and continually disrupted the Eagles’ offensive game plan by robbing them of time. Coach Fedora says he is most pleased with the how hard the guys on the defense are playing.
“I thought the defense did a really good job all night. They kept them out of the end zone. They’re playing pretty hard. I mean, I’ll tell you, they’re playing pretty hard,” Coach Fedora says.
Senior signal caller Bryn Renner certainly delivered an efficient performance, tossing a pair of touchdown passes with only three incompletions the entire game.
Renner says the added emphasis on red zone scoring in practice really paid off for the Tar Heels against Boston College.
“You know, us as players, when we get in that area, the energy level and intensity to score needs to be there. And I think that’s what we’ve been trying to focus on. Guys are staying after to watch extra film. And we’ve been executing, and I think that’s been huge,” Renner says.
Eclipsing the 8,000 yard career mark last weekend, Renner says he was unaware of those numbers. He says he is focused on finding a way to salvage the season one game at a time.
“The ‘mojo’ of our team is kind of to keep battling and keep fighting. And that’s what we are going to do the rest of the season. No matter what happen, we’re going to focus on one game at a time. That’s all we can control. We’re not where we want to be right now, so we’re not satisfied. We’re going to N.C.State with a tough test,” Renner says.
Yes, next up for the Tar Heels is that little game against the Wolf Pack down in Raleigh on Saturday.