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February 16th, 2012
CHARLOTTE â€” Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan continues to struggle as a league executive.
The Jordan-owned Bobcats are 3-26 and flirting with NBA futility.
Because of the lockout-shortened season Charlotte won't challenge the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers' record of 72 losses. However, the Bobcats have lost 16 straight games and have a worse winning percentage (.103) than that infamous 76ers team.
In a game that included a combined 40 fouls and 50 turnovers, the Newton-Conover girls basketball team survived an early scare from South Iredell to advance to Friday's CVAC 2A tournament final with a 65-37 victory.
The Lady Red Devils (23-3) will meet the winner of No. 2 Bandys and No. 3 East Burke in the championship game.
"It was ugly. That's all I can say," said N-C coach Ike Williams. "We kind of knew Bandys would be here scouting. We wanted to be conservative with the game plan and what we ran. Obviously, it ended up being an ugly game."
Despite putting up a strong effort Wednesday, the Bunker Hill boys basketball team had its season ended by West Caldwell, 67-47.
The loss ends the Bears' four-game winning streak.
Bunker Hill (7-18) led 16-15 after the first quarter, giving the top-seeded Warriors (16-6) an early scare.
West Caldwell outscored the Bears 15-6 in the second quarter and carried a 30-22 lead into halftime. Ashton Smith paced the Warriors in the first half with eight points.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. â€” Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and No. 8 North Carolina used smothering defense to rally from an eight-point deficit in the second half and beat Miami 73-64 Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels, who came in leading the nation with 83.5 points per game, shot only 38 percent and went 5 for 18 from 3-point range. But they forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions in the second half to get back in the game, and held Miami without a point for nearly five minutes down the stretch.
Maiden High School's new football coach carries an extensive resume in the sport.
James "Buddy" King, a former longtime college offensive line coach, was introduced as the new head Blue Devil in a press conference Tuesday in the school's auditorium.
King served the past two seasons as offensive line coach at Goose Creek High School in South Carolina.
"I can't thank Mr. (Dwayne) Finger, Mr. (Jeff) Price, the school board and all of you for the opportunity we all have here at Maiden High School," King said in his first comments to the community.
Four days after falling to Hickory on the road in the regular season finale, dÃ©jÃ vu struck the Fred T. Foard girls basketball team.
The Lady Tigers (14-10) lost 72-48 Tuesday in a game that mirrored a 72-54 loss to Hickory on Feb. 10.
Trailing 27-25 at the half, Hickory turned up its defense, outscoring Foard 23-7 in the third quarter.
Foard coach Brad Mangum said the quarter made a huge difference in deciding the winner of Tuesdayâ€™s game.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats are hoping the return of point guard D.J. Augustin means the end of a dubious 15-game losing streak, the longest in franchise history.
The Bobcats (3-25) have lost 11 straight games with Augustin sidelined with inflammation in his right toe.
After falling to Foard in a nail-biter on the road a few weeks ago, the St. Stephens boys basketball team eliminated the suspense the second time around.
The Indians (14-9) made 10 three-pointers in Mondayâ€™s NWC first round tournament game against the Tigers, including four each by Dillion Spencer and Logan Starkey, lifting them to a 61-48 victory.
St. Stephens coach Murphy Post said it was the second straight game his team found its stroke.
The Newton-Conover and Bandys girls basketball teams picked up victories in Mondayâ€™s first round of the Catawba Valley 2A tournament.
The No. 1 Lady Red Devils (22-3) maintained a balanced attack offensively, receiving 16 points from Taylor Petty and Kadesha Gibbs, 15 points from Shynese Whitener and 13 points from Lanecia Williams in their 81-15 win against Bunker Hill.
The No. 8 Bearsâ€™ season ends at 0-22 overall.
Margaret Connor and Brittany Harrill led Bunker Hill with four points each.
No. 2 Bandys 77, No. 7 Maiden 29
CHARLOTTE â€” Lou Williams scored 23 points off the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers built an early lead and held on to send the Charlotte Bobcats to their 15th straight defeat, 98-89 Monday night.
Thaddeus Young added 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 19 points for the 76ers (20-9).
Williams was averaging 19 points over the previous four games. He stayed hot Monday night, making several big shots including a 3-pointer with 6:11 remaining after the Bobcats had pulled within 71-69.