Published: Feb 19, 2012 02:00 AM
Modified: Feb 19, 2012 12:12 PM
Isaiah Hicks's short senior season has been a major success so far for Oxford Webb.
Hicks, the 6-foot-8 power forward being recruited by North Carolina, had 20 points and 17 rebounds Friday, with UNC coach Roy Williams in attendance, to lead Carolina-6 Conference No. 2 seed Webb past previously undefeated No. 1 seed Chapel Hill for the Carolina-6 tournament championship, 76-69.
Some Tar Heel players joined Williams in the standing room only bleachers at Chapel Hill and then watched most of the second half from along the baseline under Chapel Hill's goal.
"It was great having them there," said Hicks, who has played less than half the season at Webb after transferring to Oxford last fall from Raleigh's Body of Christ Academy. "They made me feel like I really am part of the family."
Webb (17-6) also got 14 points from Becker Seifert, who nailed four 3-pointers. Seifert hit three 3-pointers in the second half as Webb fought off a ferocious Chapel Hill rally.
Webb used a box-and-one to try and challenge Chapel Hill's Denzel Ingram all night, but he still ended up with a game-high 29 points, 23 coming in the second half. Andrew Grant added 18 and Anthony Vanhook 13 for Chapel Hill, which got no points from its bench.
Chapel Hill (25-1) trailed 30-21 at halftime but came back behind 12-for-17 shooting in the third quarter and led 52-51 after Andrew Grant's layup with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.Seifert came up with five points during a 13-4 run to give Webb some breathing room.
In the girls final, Jamella Smith scored 19 points to pace top-seeded Chapel Hill to a 74-40 win over No. 3 seed Southern Vance.
Smith had 15 in the first half, leading Chapel Hill to a 44-13 margin at the break. Lila Scott had 13 points for Chapel Hill (24-2), while Laura Musalem and Catherine Romaine chipped in 10 apiece.
Breona Jones had 15 to lead Southern Vance (18-7).
Chapel Hill (24-2), seeded No. 1 in its Mideast Regional pod, enters the NCHSAA tournament Monday with a home game at 6 p.m. against No. 16 Seed Eastern Guilford (15-12). That's followed by a 7:30 p.m. boys game between No. 1 Chapel Hill (25-1) vs. No. 16 Seed Southern Guilford (8-17).
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