Cummings grabs 2nd straight title

UNC football recruit leads Cavs

The Associated PressMarch 11, 2007 

Dwight Jones had 23 points and 16 rebounds to help Burlington Cummings take its second straight Class 2-A N.C. High School Athletic Association championship Saturday with a 52-49 win over Boonville Starmount in Chapel Hill.

James Terrell added 12 points for Cummings (30-2). He fed Antonio Ferguson a half-court, inbounds pass for the game's last basket, a breakaway dunk that put Cummings up 51-47 with 13 seconds left.

Victor Davila led Starmount (25-6) with 18 points. Ferdinand Morales added 13.

Jones, a North Carolina signee for football, was named the championship game's MVP for the second straight year. He went 8-for-19 from the field and 6-for-11 at the line, where he hit three free throws in the game's final 29 seconds to help Cummings hold on after it squandered an 11-point lead in the final two minutes.

"I didn't come in here to be MVP," he said. "I was looking to do a little of everything, score, pass, and most importantly, get rebounds."

ALSO SATURDAY

CLASS 4-A

NEW HANOVER 39, CHARLOTTE VANCE 35: Seven-footer Ty Walker scored a game-high 12 points to go with his eight blocks, leading New Hanover (29-4) over Charlotte Vance (28-4) in the 4-A title game.

Vance led 35-34 with 1:38 to play, helped by a technical called on David Pellom for grabbing the rim and an ensuing four-point swing.

James Beatty answered with a pull-up jumper with 52 seconds left to put New Hanover up for good. Cedric Baker connected on a one-and-one down the stretch, then Pellom made a free throw with 1.6 seconds left to redeem himself and seal the win.

CLASS 3-A

CONCORD 85, KINSTON 79: Dee Bost scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half as Concord beat Kinston to win the 3-A championship.

Lance Lewis scored 16 points, Danny Nieman 14 and C.J. Wise 11 for the Spiders (27-4), who became the first 3-A school in NCHSAA history to win both the men's basketball and football titles in the same school year.

As a team, Concord shot 60.8 percent from the field.

Curtin Hines scored 17 points for the Vikings (29-3).

CLASS 1-A

THOMASVILLE 86, NORTH EDGECOMBE 76: Chris Woods scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half as Thomasville won the 1-A title.

Woods, named the championship game's most valuable player, also pulled down 17 rebounds for the Bulldogs (24-2), who won their fifth state title in men's basketball since 1998.

Jerby Cooper and Terrell Davis scored 26 points each for the Warriors (22-7), who were in the state final for the first time in 43 years.

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