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CHHS Girls, OHS Boys Seek Regional Basketball Titles Saturday

Two Chapelboro high school basketball teams put their No. 1 seeds on the line Saturday with a chance to move on to the state title game in their home county.

First, the Chapel Hill Tiger girls meet the West Craven Eagles for the second time this year. The Tigers took the 24-point win the first time around on route to a High School OT Holiday Tournament title. But, the Eagles have a 33-point-per-game threat they’ll have to shut down to secure the victory.

Chapel Hill has four consistently strong weapons of its own in Autumn West, Raziyah (rah-ZHIE-uh) Farrington, Catherine Romaine, and Jamella Smith, and it’s a team that’s proven it knows how to win.

Tipoff between the Tigers and the Eagles is scheduled for 12:00 noon in Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. Tune in for pregame coverage on 97.9 FM and Chapelboro.com beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The Orange Panthers’ contest with the Hunt Warriors was pushed from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. likely due to weather-related travel issues.

The Panthers have proven themselves in the postseason showing onlookers just why they received the No. 1 seed. The most recent win—a 69-56 decision against West Brunswick—was one in which Orange had to fight off West on multiple occasions to take the 13-point win.

No. 2 seed Hunt is no pushover, though, as its averaging 15-point margins of victory so far in the postseason.

Tipoff between Orange and Hunt is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. in Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. Due to the UNC-Duke men’s basketball game, WCHL Championship Sports will not be able to broadcast the game on the radio.

The state title game for both the 3A girls and boys will be hosted in the Dean Smith Center at UNC, but a victory in Fayetteville Saturday is the only way to get there.


Orange Boys’ Basketball Holds On For Trip To East Regional Final

In a back-and-forth game, the Orange Panthers never trailed and advanced to the East Regional Final with a 69-56 defeat of West Brunswick Wednesday night.

The Panthers got out to a hot start and took an 18-10 lead into the second quarter. The Trojans brought it back to a five-point difference early in the second, but turnovers got the better of them, and the Panthers extended the lead to 11 mid-way through the frame.

Orange continued the run before halftime and took the 37-22 lead into the locker room.

However, West Brunswick showed its fight to stay alive in the postseason nearly doubling its first-half score and outscoring Orange 21-12 in the third. The Panthers held on to a six-point lead with one quarter remaining.

The Orange defense came up big late in the game, and the offense capitalized. The Panthers pulled away to a double-digit lead again and held on for the 13-point win.

Orange’s Jawan Chambers led all players with 18 points. J.D. Brooks and Eryk Brandon-Dean followed him with 16 points each. The Panthers shot 55.8 percent from the field and held the Trojans to 37.9 percent.

In the first regional semifinal, Hunt used 61.5-percent shooting from the field in the second half to pull away and take the 68-60 defeat of Havelock.

Tipoff between Orange and Hunt is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. You can hear all the action of the East Regional Final on Chapelboro.com.

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OHS Boys Seek Regional Final Spot Vs West Brunswick Wednesday

The East Regional No. 1 seed Orange High School is looking for its tenth win in 11 games Wednesday night to advance to the Regional Final this weekend in Fayetteville.

The Panthers missed a rematch with their conference-foe Southern Spartans by just three points; Southern fell to West Brunswick 81-79 in the third round. Both teams combined for 57 points in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans outscored the Spartans by five in the final frame to take the win.

The Trojans tied for second in the 3A Mideastern conference behind New Hanover, which is a 4A team in the mixed conference.

No. 5 seed West Brunswick averages 61 points per game while Orange tallies nearly 70. In the state playoffs, the Panthers are averaging more than 75 points per game.

Tipoff between Orange and West Brunswick is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.


3A NCHSAA Boys’ BB Third Round: Orange 86 – Eastern Alamance 78

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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Orange Boys Advance To 3A NCHSAA Basketball Sectionals

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


3A NCHSAA State Playoffs Round Three Tips Friday Night

Two Chapelboro teams remain in the 3A NCHSAA girls’ and boys’ state basketball playoffs, and Friday night, the fight for the sectional finals is on.

The Chapel Hill girls are unbeaten through 28 games and aren’t showing any signs of letting up. While averaging 40-plus-point wins this season, the Tigers are averaging 53-point margins after two wins.

The No. 9-seeded Northern Guilford Nighthawks head to Chapel Hill Friday for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff in round three of the state playoffs. Tickets are $6.00 per person and can be purchased at the door.

The big rivalry game takes place in Hillsborough as the No. 1-seeded Orange Panthers host the No. 9-seeded Eastern Alamance Eagles.

The schools are separated by just 13 miles along highway 70.

The Eagles have two scoring threats—one who’s scoring 25 points per game. If the Panthers can shut down senior Lamont Robinson, they could be well on their way to the sectional finals mid-next week.

Tipoff between Orange and Eastern Alamance is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. WCHL Championship Sports will be on hand to broadcast with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are also $6.00 and can be purchased at the door.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
3A Boys’ Bracket


HS Boys’ Basketball: Orange 72 – Chapel Hill 63

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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NCHSAA Playoffs: And Then There Were Two

Just two Chapelboro high school basketball teams remain in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs after round two Wednesday night.

The 3A East Regional’s No. 1 seed Orange held off No. 16 seed Chapel Hill for the 72-63 win. Orange junior Jawan Chambers and senior JD Brooks each contributed 16 points in the victory while senior Keegan Crabtree came on late to hit his average of 14.

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After one quarter, Chapel Hill had a three-point lead, 19-16. But, the team that’s so good at getting out to an early lead kept its cool and pulled ahead in the second quarter. With a 43-34 lead at the half, the Panthers stifled late surges by the Tigers and advanced.

Chapel Hill junior Jeremy Werden tallied a game-high-tying 16 points, part of which brought the Tigers from being down 15 to only down seven in the fourth quarter.

The contest marked the final game for three Tigers, Shane Turner, Josh Hennen, and Karl Hill, but they take with them a regular season title of the 3A Big Eight Conference and a trip to the NCSHAA second round.

Orange hosts neighbor and rival Eastern Alamance Friday night in the third round. You can hear every bounce of the ball as we’ll have the call from WCHL Championship Sports. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Chapel Hill girls continued their winning ways Wednesday night with another dominant victory, 59-13 against Swansboro.

The 3A East Regional No. 1-seeded Tigers left no question in the outcome jumping out to a 21-2 first-quarter lead. After an uncharacteristic 8-5 second quarter, the Tigers didn’t allow a point to be score in quarter number three and coasted to the 46-point win.

Chapel Hill junior Raziyah Farrington shot 71 percent from the field and led all players with 15 points; senior Cat Romaine followed with ten points.

No. 9 seed Northern Guilford waits in the wings for Chapel Hill and will travel to the Hill Friday night.

Keeping an eye on a potential Big-Eight rematch, the No. 10-seeded Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders remained alive with an upset of the No. 7-seeded Eastern Wayne Warriors.

Jess Lowe’s Crusaders have a tough road ahead if they want to meet the Tigers for a fourth time this year, though. No. 2 seed Northern Nash hosts Cardinal Gibbons Friday. If the Crusaders can make it into the Sectional Finals, it’ll likely be to face No. 3 seed West Craven.

The Carrboro Jaguar girls’ 2A NCHSAA playoff run came to an end Wednesday night with a 77-52 defeat by the hands of Beddingfield.

The No. 24-seeded Jaguars pulled off the biggest upset of the first round with a ten-point defeat of the No. 9-seeded Red Springs Red Devils. However, No. 8 seed Beddingfield was just too much for Carrboro as the Jaguars’ season came to a close with an 8-18 overall record.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
3A Boys’ Bracket


NCHSAA Playoffs: Chapel Hill, Orange Square Off In Hillsborough

The Orange Panthers and Chapel Hill Tigers meet for the third time this season Wednesday night, and this time it’s win or go home.

The Panthers are the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A East Regional No. 1 seed and breezed past their first-round opponents, the South Brunswick Cougars, 75-51.

The No. 16-seeded Tigers had a bit of a tougher opening round, taking the 55-53 victory with a make at the buzzer against the No. 17-seeded Western Guilford Hornets.

The Panthers swept the regular season against the Tigers with a 25-point victory in mid-January and a six-point decision in early February. However, those were the only Big Eight Conference losses for Chapel Hill, and Orange dropped back-to-back games to Cardinal Gibbons and Southern for a share of the regular season conference title.

Both teams were supposed to meet in the Big Eight tournament championship game, but No. 3 seed Southern took down Chapel Hill in the semifinals, 52-48, and the next day went on to steal the title away from Orange, 67-53.

Southern advanced to the second round of the state playoffs with a 72-62 win against Southern Nash Monday night. The Spartans are the East Regional No. 13 seed and host the No. 29-seeded McMichael Phoenix after they upset the No. 4 seeded Triton Hawks in the opening round.

If the winning continues, the Spartans could meet Chapel Hill or Orange in the sectional final, which takes place Tuesday, March 4.

Due to the broadcast of the UNC men’s basketball game against N.C. State, WCHL Championship Sports will broadcast the Orange-Chapel Hill game exclusively on Chapelboro.com (click here). Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Boys’ Bracket

Click here for a preview of the 3A and 2A girls’ NCHSAA second round.


Orange, Chapel Hill Boys To Meet In NCHSAA Second Round

Originally posted February 24, 2014, 10:10 p.m.

Five area teams made it past the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs, and one giant round-two meeting waits in the wings.

In 3A boys’ play, No. 1 seed Orange cruised to a 75-51 victory against No. 32 seed South Brunswick. The Panthers host the No. 16-seeded Chapel Hill Tigers Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers defeated the Western Guilford Hornets, 55-53 with a buzzer-beater by Josh Hennen.

**The Chapel Hill-Orange game will be broadcast exclusively on Chapelboro.com. Pregame coverage beings at 6:30 p.m.; tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Cardinal Gibbons boys’ season came to a close with a 68-55 decision against Havelock.

The Chapel Hill girls put on yet another dominant performance with their 77-17 defeat of Topsail. The No. 1-seeded Tigers host the No. 16-seeded Swansboro Pirates Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Pirates took down Orange County’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolves 47-28.

Also in 3A girls basketball, the Northwood Chargers season came to an end after an overtime defeat by the hands of Fayetteville’s Terry Sanford. The Bulldogs took down the Chargers 44-40.

No. 10 seed Cardinal Gibbons snuck past No. 23 seed Eastern Guilford, 60-56. On Wednesday, the Crusaders hit the road to take on the No. 7 seeded Eastern Wayne Warriors in Goldsboro.

In 2A girls’ play, the No. 24-seeded Carrboro Jaguars pulled off a big upset against the No. 9-seeded Red Springs Red Devils, 48-38. The Jaguars face another tough opponent in the second round, the No. 8-seeded Beddingfield Bruins in Wilson Wednesday night.

The Carrboro boys didn’t fare as well, falling 62-50 as the No. 22 seed to No. 11 seed Warren County.

To see all the brackets of the NCHSAA tournaments, you can read this story on our website, Chapelboro.com.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
3A Boys’ Bracket
2A Girls’ Bracket
2A Boys’ Bracket