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Tornadoes rally in fourth to claim 17th Classic

December 30, 2012

The Hickory boys basketball team rallied for the second-straight day to add to its already impressive Catawba Valley Classic résumé.

Trailing 39-38 after the third quarter, the Red Tornadoes outscored Newton-Conover 23-11 in the final stanza to come away with their 17th Classic championship.

Hickory wins record 14th girls Classic title

December 30, 2012

Hickory won its second-straight Catawba Valley Classic girls title, knocking off previously unbeaten Alexander Central, 74-43.

Behind 17 points from tournament MVP Yazmen Hannah, the Lady Red Tornadoes (11-0) won a battle of unbeaten teams against the Lady Cougars (12-1).

Hornets extend Bobcats' skid to 18 games

December 30, 2012

Eric Gordon made his return to the lineup Saturday night. And for the better part of 24 minutes, he looked as if he'd never been away.

Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping the New Orleans Hornets overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the Charlotte Bobcats' losing streak to 18 games with a 98-95 victory Saturday night.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday's results, Saturday's games

December 29, 2012

26th Catawba Valley Classic basketball tournament

Boys games (at CVCC's Tarlton Complex)

Consolation bracket
No. 6 South Caldwell 61, No. 7 Bunker Hill 40
No. 4 Alexander Central 43, No. 8 Maiden 22

Championship bracket
No. 3 Hickory 52, No. 2 St. Stephens 45
No. 5 Newton-Conover 55, No. 1 Fred T. Foard 42

Girls games (at Hickory H.S.)

Carlesimo, Nets hand Bobcats 17th straight loss

December 29, 2012

Mikhail Prokhorov saw the draining team spirit, the missing will to fight, and decided change was needed.

The Brooklyn Nets owner had to like the results in the first game under P.J. Carlesimo.

The Nets gave their interim coach a victory in his debut and the Charlotte Bobcats a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout Friday night.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Thursday scores, Friday games

December 28, 2012

Below is a look at the results from Thursday's basketball tournament games, as well as Friday's schedule:

The 26th Catawba Valley Classic

Boy's bracket

First round games (Thursday at CVCC)
No. 2 St. Stephens 74, No. 7 Bunker Hill 51
No. 1 Fred T. Foard 74, No. 8 Maiden 47
No. 3 Hickory 82, No. 6 South Caldwell 59
No. 5 Newton-Conover 69, No. 4 Alexander Central 62

AP Source: QB Newton fined for abusive conduct

December 28, 2012

A person familiar with the penalty says the NFL has fined Panthers quarterback Cam Newton $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the league hasn't announced the fine.

Wade suspended game for action against Sessions

December 28, 2012

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of Charlotte Bobcats' Ramon Sessions.

Tigers rallying behind teammate's tragedy

December 27, 2012

When one of its teammates had to overcome personal tragedy, the Fred T. Foard boys basketball team bonded together to help out a friend.

The Tigers are off to an 8-1 start to their season and enter today's
Catawba Valley Classic basketball tournament ranked as the top boys seed.

Bobcats burned by Heat, drop 16th in a row

December 27, 2012

The defending NBA champions entered the Queen City on Wednesday, and walked out with their win streak intact.

Despite the best efforts from a hobbled Charlotte squad, the Miami Heat pulled away late on their way to a 105-92 victory against the Bobcats in a match up of teams in the NBA's Southeast Division.

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