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Bobcats end 16-game skid, beat Raptors 98-91

February 17, 2012

TORONTO — Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night.

D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 10 assists, Kemba Walker scored 14 points and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Bobcats won for the first time since beating Golden State 112-100 on Jan. 14. Corey Maggette added 16 points as Charlotte avoided becoming the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games.

Trojans beat East Burke, await Red Devils in final

February 16, 2012

With a balanced team effort and a strong third quarter, the Bandys girls basketball team punched its ticket to the Catawba Valley 2A championship game.

The Lady Trojans (24-1) knocked off East Burke (17-9) on Thursday to advance to their third meeting of the season against Newton-Conover (23-3) in Friday's CVAC girls championship game.

Following two East Burke three-pointers late in the first half, Bandys led by 10 points at the half, 38-28.

The Trojans immediately cranked up their defense to start the second half and out-rebounded the Lady Cavaliers 16-4 in the third quarter.

Cavaliers eliminate Red Devils in CVAC semifinals

February 16, 2012

Behind a game-high 34 points from guard Clay Byrd, East Burke knocked off third-seeded Newton-Conover to advance to Friday’s CVAC championship game.

The Cavaliers (18-8) meet top-seeded West Caldwell (16-6) in the CVAC boys title contest.

The Red Devils (16-10) fell behind 8-0 early, committing seven fouls in the first quarter, including four offensive fouls.

N-C’s Tyoun Shuford, who committed two of those fouls, powered his team back into the contest with a seven-point first quarter. The Red Devils trailed 15-13 after one.

Bobcats on pace to become the worst NBA team ever

February 16, 2012

CHARLOTTE — 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.

Lady Red Devils win ugly game, advance to finals

February 15, 2012

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."

Warriors top Bears, return to CVAC final

February 15, 2012

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.

Barnes helps No. 8 UNC rally past Miami 73-64

February 15, 2012

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — 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 introduces new football coach

February 14, 2012

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.

Red Tornadoes oust Tigers, advance to title game

February 14, 2012

Four days after falling to Hickory on the road in the regular season finale, déjà 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 Tuesday’s game.

Augustin ready to return for laboring Bobcats

February 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE — 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.

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