NCHSAA Boys Basketball: Webb 57, Chapel Hill 41:
Published: Mar 03, 2013 11:09 AM
Modified: Mar 03, 2013 11:10 AM
CHAPEL HILL - Webb’s Mitron Terry was solid for all 32 minutes. For Carolina signee Isaiah Hicks, just the second half was enough. That turned out to be a magical combination Friday nigh for Oxford Webb, as the Warriors ran away from Carolina-6 rival Chapel Hill 57-41 in the third round of the state 3A boys’ basketball playoffs.
Webb’s Mitron Terry was solid for all 32 minutes. For Carolina signee Isaiah Hicks, just the second half was enough.
That turned out to be a magical combination Friday nigh for Oxford Webb, as the Warriors ran away from Carolina-6 rival Chapel Hill 57-41 in the third round of the state 3A boys’ basketball playoffs.
Webb (24-5), which had ousted the Tigers 81-72 in the second round last season, advanced to an Eastern semifinal game on Tuesday night at Fayetteville’s Crown Coliseum.
Playing before an overflow crowd in Chapel Hill High’s 1,200-seat Alumni Gym, the teams were about as familiar with each other as any can be.
Chapel Hill had won two of three previous games this season against the Warriors, including the Carolina-6 3A Conference tournament championship game last week on the same floor where Webb won Friday.
“Chapel Hill is a great team and we’re a great team,” Webb coach Leo Brunelli said. “There have been four big-time battles, and I enjoyed two of them. The other times I went home questioning everything I do and what we do.”
Chapel Hill’s win Feb. 22 had earned the Tigers the top seed in the NCHSAA’s 3A East playoffs. Webb dropped down to a No. 4 seed, still good enough to draw home games for the first two rounds. The Warriors easily defeated Asheboro 82-47 and then Southern Wayne 87-57 to advance.
Webb had a much harder time Friday.
Terry led the Warriors with 23 points while Hicks added 17 and Devonte Williams 10.
“Chapel Hill had a great game plan defensively again,” Brunelli added. “Isaiah is a special player and he found a couple of openings.”
Ryan Hegedus paced the Tigers (24-5) with 11 points while Brian Thornton chipped in 10.
The Tigers led most of the first half, going into the locker room with a 27-24 lead. Chapel Hill’s biggest advantage was 21-10 on an Anthony Vanhook layup with 7:09 left in the second.
But the Warriors stormed back behind Terry’s 10 points in the second quarter.
Hicks scored seven of the Warriors’ 12 points in the third period, giving Webb the lead for the first time since the opening minutes with a jumper to make it 36-34 at 1:27.
Brunelli said Hicks’ follow slam that cut the margin to 27-26 just 20 seconds into the second half was a big momentum booster.
“We got the job done when it counted,” Hicks said. “In the second half I was better attacking the rim and getting put-backs. They’re physical and double-team a lot, but eventually I was able to fight through it.”
It was a complete reversal of fortune for Chapel Hill, which had struggled with No. 9-seeded Eden Morehead early in a second-round game Wednesday night but then took control entering the fourth period for a 59-52 win.
Chapel Hill took control for good in Wednesday’s see-saw game with a 14-2 run midway through the fourth period.
Anthony Vanhook and Stephen Himmelberg led Chapel Hill’s scoring with 12 points apiece, while Brian Thornton added 11 in the second-round win.
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