Published: Feb 23, 2013 12:29 AM
Modified: Feb 24, 2013 06:11 PM
CHAPEL HILL - Holding Isaiah Hicks and his Oxford Webb team without a point in the last 4:57 of play, top-seeded Chapel Hill gained a measure of revenge for its sole conference loss this year and edged the No. 2-seeded Warriors 47-42 to win the Carolina-6 tournament Friday.
The No. 1-seeded Chapel Hill girls also won, downing No. 2 Southern Vance 80-31 in the Carolina-6 finals at Chapel Hills Alumni Gym.
Chapel Hill (22-4) and Webb (21-5) came into the boys championship game with identical records, each having split regular-season wins on their home floors. Chapel Hill won the conference tournaments top seed, and the home-court advantage, based on a coin flip.
Just like last year, when Webb walked into a hot, packed Alumni Gym to beat Chapel Hill in the 2012 conference final with Roy Williams in attendance, the two rivals played in front of a standing-room-only crowd for the Carolina-6 Conferences No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.
Doubling and sometimes tripling down on Hicks, a McDonalds All-American committed to North Carolina, Chapel Hill held the 6-8 senior to just four points in the second half. Hicks still managed to finish with a game-high 15 points, but was held to a single basket in the games final 15:55.
Oh my God, that was great team defense, exclaimed Chapel Hills Ryan Hegedus, who drew the primary defensive assignment on Hicks. You cant handle a player like him with one or two guys. It takes a complete team effort.
With Hegedus hitting three 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 11 points, Chapel Hill led by as much as ten in the first half, but Webb held the Tigers to 17-for-44 shooting for the game and clawed back to lead briefly in the second half. Hicks last layup of the game put Webb ahead 41-39 with 5:53 to play.
Webb missed its next six shots from the floor and turned over two other possessions.
Stephen Himmelbergs layup with 3:08 to play put Chapel Hill up for good at 43-42. The Tigers used a four-corners delay for the games last minute and hit four free throws in the last 19 seconds to ice the win.
Playing good defense thats the key, Chapel Hill coach Tod Morgan said, cradling his infant daughter and his Carolina-6 coach of the year plaque. We dont have the scoring we used to, but with great team defense, we can still score just enough some nights.
In the girls final, Autumn West came off the bench for 15 points while Conference Player of the year Jamella Smith and Raziyah Farrington each scored 14 for Chapel Hill (25-1).
Breona Jones scored a game-high 19 for Southern Vance (20-6), but it wasnt enough to stop the Tigers from completing a season and tournament sweep of Carolina-6 opponents.
It was incredible, Chapel Hill senior Katie Gutmiller said. I couldnt imagine finishing any better way. This was just the perfect ending.
Chapel Hill planned to hold a rare Saturday practice to get ready for the N.C. High School Athletics Association playoffs, which begin Monday.
We're all pretty excited to get out there and show everyone what we can do, Chapel Hill's Raziyah Farrington said.
Seeded No. 1 in the NCHSAA's 3A East boys' tournament, Chapel Hill was set to host No. 16 Eastern Guilford (12-13) on Monday. No. 14 Orange (10-14) was sent to No. 3 Eastern Alamance (22-5) for the first round.
In the girls' tournament, Chapel Hill was seeded No. 2 in the east and was paired with No. 15 Asheboro (9-17) for a first-round game Monday.
Second round games were set for Wednesday and third rounds for Friday.
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