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Stevens: Oxford Webb's Hicks, Clayton's Clark leading basketball teams to third round

tstevens@newsobserver.com February 28, 2013 

Clayton High’s Gary Clark and Oxford Webb’s Isaiah Hicks have been creating a highlight tape every game during the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys basketball playoffs.

Clark, a 6-foot-7 junior, has averaged 26 points and 16 rebounds in the Comets’ 86-81 win against Holly Springs and a 61-49 win against Wilmington Ashley.

Hicks, a 6-8 senior signed by the University of North Carolina, had 21 points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots in an 83-53 win against Southern Wayne on Wednesday after getting 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks on Monday in an 87-47 win against Asheboro.

Rematches: Chapel Hill (24-4) and Webb (23-5) will play for the fourth time Friday night. Webb easily handled the Tigers 56-35 in the first meeting, but Chapel Hill has won the last two matchups, 55-52 and 47-42. The latter win gave Chapel Hill the Carolina Six 3A tournament title and the No. 1 seed in the regional.

Durham Jordan (23-4) has beaten Durham Hillside (20-7) three times this season, 67-48, 62-55 and 63-42, but needs another win Friday night to reach next week’s NCHSAA quarterfinals. Jordan advanced in the playoffs as the top seed in its bracket.

Upset: The Rocky Mount girls (17-9) eliminated one of the pre-tournament favorites on Wednesday when the Gryphons beat Northern Nash, 56-53. Northern Nash had lost only one game this season and had beaten Rocky Mount three times, 55-50, 60-47 and 47-39.

Unbeaten beaten: Previously undefeated Southwest Guilford lost to Pfafftown Reagan on Wednesday 63-59 in boys 4A. The only unbeaten teams are 4A Charlotte Olympic (26-0) and 1A Plymouth (25-0).

Among the girls the undefeated teams include 4A Southeast Raleigh (27-0), Fayetteville Seventy-First (27-0), Millbrook (29-0), Charlotte Myers Park (29-0) and 1A Lejeune (24-0).

Jags fall: Carrboro (23-4) had the look of a championship contender before being eliminated by Bunn, 67-65, on Wednesday.

Kinston rolls: Both of the Kinston boys’ losses came during the Holiday Invitational in December. The Vikings lost to DeSota (Texas) High 57-50 and to Cuthbertson 50-47. No team has come within 15 points of Kinston since.

DeSota is 33-3 and ranked No. 3 in the country by maxpreps.com.

Regional times: Next weekend’s Eastern Regionals will be played in Fayetteville. The 3A and 4A games will be played at the Crown Arena with the 1A and 2A at the Coliseum Arena.

The 4A boys and 1A girls play on Tuesday. The 4A girls and 1A boys play on Wednesday. and the 2A boys and 3A girls on Thursday. The final quarterfinal games will be Friday with the 3A boys and 2A girls.

The state semifinals will be Saturday, March 9, at noon (4A boys, 1A girls), 2 p.m. (1A boys, 4A girls), 4 p.m. (2A boys, 3A girls) and 6 p.m. (3A boys, 2A girls).

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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