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CHARLOTTE â Blake Griffin can't remember ever receiving an ovation from an opposing crowd after leaving a game.
But he got one Saturday night after an impressive performance that included several highlight-reel dunks in the Los Angeles Clippers' 111-86 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Griffin finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds before leaving the game with a little more than six minutes remaining.
"That might be a first," Griffin said of the ovation. "That was pretty cool."
A 13-5 fourth quarter propelled the Hickory boys basketball team to a 54-40 win against Fred T. Foard on Friday.
The victory earns the Red Tornadoes (21-3, 11-1) a share of the regular season NWC title.
Jalen Byrd led Hickory with 12 points, while C.J. Wardrick added 10 points and Zach Jarrett pitched in eight points.
Jordan Turner scored a game-high 15 points for Foard (13-10, 3-9), including 13 points in the first half. Daniel Tomberlin added six points.
Bandys and Newton-Conover both earned victories Friday in girls basketball, earning them both a share of the regular season Catawba Valley 2A basketball crown.
Behind 18 points from Brittany Moss, the Trojans (22-1, 13-1) picked up a dominant 75-15 win against Bunker Hill on Friday.
Jesse Story added 14 points in the victory, while Madi Story recorded seven points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The Lady Red Devils (21-3, 13-1) topped West Caldwell (9-11, 7-7), 75-36, on the road.
Maiden 53, Draughn 50
CHARLOTTE â Derrick Rose can afford to take a night or two off with the way the Chicago Bulls are playing â especially when the opponent is the worst team in the NBA.
Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and the Bulls throttled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-64 Friday night despite the absence of their leading scorer and reigning league MVP.
The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain.
Poised and in perfect position, Maiden senior wrestler Richard Kerekes aims to become the schoolâs first state wrestling champion.
Kerekes, pronouned Kur-Kus, is 34-0 on the mat this season for the Blue Devils.Â
His undefeated record earned him the Catawba Valley 2A wrestler of the year award.
Maiden coach Sean McGovern said a change in Kerekes started last year when he lost in the finals of the CVAC tournament.
Thursday night was unpleasant for two of Catawba Countyâs wrestling teams, as Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard exited the dual team state playoffs.Â
Tied 28-28 after all wrestlers had competed, Piedmont (37-0) defeated Newton-Conover (41-3) in a tiebreaker.
It was the third-straight year Piedmont eliminated the Red Devils in the 2A dual team western regional finals.
Piedmont had already defeated N-C once this year, a 35-31 decision at the annual Red Devil Duals in December.
ATLANTA â North Carolina State is starting to feel like it can surprise some folks in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
After avenging last month's home loss to lowly Georgia Tech, the Wolfpack are ready to take on the big boys.
C.J. Williams scored 15 points, including a four-point play, and C.J. Leslie stepped up in the second half to carry N.C. State to a 61-52 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.
CHAPEL HILL â Harrison Barnes shook off his nagging ankle injury and a series of undersized defenders to help No. 5 North Carolina take charge in the second half. He just couldn't finish off No. 10 Duke.
Barnes scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime for the Tar Heels in their 85-84 loss Wednesday night. Barnes, who sprained his left ankle against Wake Forest last week, missed all four of his shots in the first half but went 8-for-12 in the final 20 minutes.
The two-time defending South Atlantic League champion Lenoir-Rhyne softball team opened its season in style Wednesday, taking both games of a doubleheader against Belmont Abbey.
âWeâll take the wins,â said L-R coach Shena Hollar. âI donât think they were pretty. We played at their pace. It was a very slow game. We like to get in, get out and get on. We didnât do that. This is something to work on. For the opener, weâll take two âWâs.ââ
In game one, sophomore Haily Jarman connected on a grand slam home run to put the Lady Bears (2-0) ahead.
The Maiden, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens football teams are three of eight programs that will receive wins after Hickory High School used an ineligible football player during the 2011 season.
The result leaves the Red Tornadoes winless in 2011 at 0-13. Their record before the forfeits was 8-4-1, including a postseason appearance.
Hickory vacated its 47-20 victory at Maiden on Sept. 2, along with the Red Tornadoesâ wins against conference schools St. Stephens (49-14) and Fred T. Foard (31-6).