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March 13th, 2012
NEW ORLEANS â€” When the Hornets' Trevor Ariza faked a pass and bolted past Gerald Henderson in the final seconds, Henderson suspected Ariza's lane to the hoop for a potential game-tying score wasn't quite as open as it looked.
Ariza still had to contend with Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo, who knew better than to stray too far from the hoop with the game in the balance.
Biyombo went up with both arms extended and blocked Ariza's driving dunk attempt, allowing the Charlotte Bobcats to celebrate a 73-71 victory in the Big Easy on Monday night.
The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation following an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.
In a ruling Monday, the committee said the school was responsible for multiple violations, including academic fraud and a failure to monitor its football program. It also issued a three-year show-cause penalty for former assistant coach John Blake, who had received personal loans from an NFL agent.
Monday, March 12
NWC at Brushy Mountain CC (Alexander Central)
CVAC golf vs. Bunker Hill (Rock Barn)
Bandys track and field at East Lincoln
Newton-Conover at East Lincoln
Bandys soccer vs. Lincolnton
Bunker Hill tennis at Lake Norman
L-R women's golf at Dana Rader Intercollegiate
L-R softball vs. Shepherd (doubleheader), 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13
St. Stephens softball at Hibriten
Maiden softball at Newton-Conover
Bandys softball vs. Draughn
Bunker Hill softball at East Burke
Foard softball at South Caldwell
CHAPEL HILL â€” Dante Battle and Terrill Hilliard both had double-doubles as Rocky Mount beat Hickory 78-64 Saturday night for the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship.
Battle, named the game's MVP, finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Hilliard added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gryphons (27-3), who won their second 3-A title in the last three years and fifth overall.
Kenneth Peoples chipped in 12 points and Tabias Hilliard 10 for Rocky Mount, which shot 41.8 percent and outrebounded Hickory 51-38.
ATLANTA â€” After a rugged, foul-plagued game in which each team lost its top scorer, the officials put their whistles away in the closing seconds.
It worked out just fine for North Carolina.
It sent North Carolina State into a tizzy.
Kendall Marshall banked in a shot with 10.2 seconds remaining and the fourth-ranked Tar Heels came up with a pair of defensive stops to edge their state rival, escaping a wild finish with a 69-67 victory over N.C. State in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Saturday.
Already off to a perfect start to its season, the Bandys girls soccer team notched its fourth win of the season Friday.
Behind a pair of assists by junior Allie Santos and two goals by senior Cassidy Winchester, the Lady Trojans improved to 4-0 overall with a 5-0 victory against Highland Tech.
â€śThe girls played well,â€ť said Bandys coach Cliff Mayer. â€śI think this is by far our best game this season. Weâ€™re 4-0 and ranked 11th in the state. Maybe with this win, weâ€™ll move up. Iâ€™ll know on Monday. Weâ€™re doing really good.â€ť
Fred T. Foard knocked off the defending NWC softball champions, Alexander Central, in impressive fashion, scoring nine of their runs in the final two innings to win 9-1.
The Lady Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning behind an RBI single from Chelsea Wilkinson.
Ashley Oliver helped pace the late Foard run, scoring three RBIs (two in the fifth and one in the sixth).
Mackenzie Dziendziel and Addie Bolick also drove in two RBIs each, while Rebecca Rowe tacked on an RBI of her own.
CHARLOTTE â€” Kris Humphries had 20 points and 15 rebounds and the New Jersey Nets overcame an injury to Deron Williams to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 83-74 Friday night.
Anthony Morrow scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Nets break open a tight game.
Williams, who scored a career-high and franchise-record 57 points on this same floor Sunday night against the Bobcats, left in the second quarter with a sore right calf and did not return. He finished with seven points and three assists.
After dropping its past three softball games, St. Stephens received great play on the mound and timely double plays Thursday to knock off unbeaten Maiden, 3-1.
Up 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Lady Indians (2-3) dodged several potential tying chances by the Lady Blue Devils (5-1).
Maiden scored one run with one out in the sixth inning to cut its deficit to two, but a solid defensive play by the Lady Indians stopped the possibility of more Lady Blue Devil runs.
Taylor Rios and Liz Bell scored a pair of goals each to lift the Fred T. Foard soccer team past R.S. Central on Thursday, 6-0.
Caroline Durham and Ashley Jolly also scored one goal each for the Lady Tigers (4-1).
Foard's Hannah Skeen and Jennifer Montoya combined for the shutout in goal.
Bunker Hill 6, St. Stephens 2
Up one run heading after five innings, the Bears scored four runs in the sixth to distance themselves in a victory against the Indians.
Oliver Reitzel and Justin Aiken both scored two RBI each for Bunker Hill (3-2).