Boys' basketball roundup: Munoz leads Panther Creek in win over East Wake

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 24, 2014 

Juan Munoz scored 35 points and Panther Creek needed each one to take an 80-75 overtime victory over East Wake in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys basketball playoffs.

The game was tied 69-69 at the end of regulation, but Panther Creek (20-5) pulled away from the Warriors in overtime.

The Catamounts will play Southeast Raleigh, a 56-48 winner over Hoke County, in the second round on Wednesday.

Cleveland 60, Smithfield-Selma 37: Cleveland had little problem eliminating Smithfield-Selma from the 3A tournament. Bobby Stenborg led all scorers with 24 points and had eight rebounds for the Rams, which will continue its first boys basketball playoff appearance in the school’s four-year history.

Knightdale 60, Fay. Pine Forest 57: Knightdale (18-5) benefitted from a late technical foul in the game between the 16 and 17 seeds. Daquan Lilly scored 26 points and Ronshad Allen-Shabazz added 16.

Leesville Road 57, Jordan 54: Leesville Road (14-11) pulled one of the 4A first round upsets with its victory over Jordan (16-9). The Pride will play Fayetteville Seventy-First.

Garner 103, Lumberton 62: Junior Julius Barnes scored 18 points before leaving the game early in the third period with an leg injury in the Trojans win over Lumberton. Jashun Smith had 20 points.

"He had 18 points and had been shooting the ball very well at the point position," Garner coach Eddie Gray said of Barnes. "I told the guys after the game that somebody is going have to to rise to the occasion and pick it up because we are going to play the game one way or another Wednesday.

"I'm sure somebody will step up. I told the kids that we were going to have to have one of our better practices (Tuesday) to get ready for the second round."

Millbrook scored almost as many of the Trojans in a 99-50 win over Person.

The Wildcats (21-4) will be at home on Wednesday against Garner.

Clayton 61, Conley 39: The Comets (22-4) had little trouble in a 4A first-round with the win over Pitt County Conley (11-12). Gary Clark scored 32 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.

The Comets will be at home against Durham Hillside, which upset Greenville Rose 69-40 in the first round.

South Central 64, Cary 61: Upset-minded 27-seed Cary traded baskets all game with Eastern Carolina 3A/4A Conference champ Winterville South Central, but the Imps turned the ball over twice in the last 43 seconds of a tied game.

Cary (12-12), which was tied with the Falcons after the first and second quarters before taking a two-point lead after three, got a team-high 19 points from freshman Dante Tatum off the bench. Senior Chris Pulcher-Coard had 14 points and 16 rebounds and sophomore Cory Gensler had 13 points and eight assists.

Broughton 71, New Bern 53: Jerome Robinson scored 24 points and Cam Gottfried added 17 as the Caps advanced to a second-round match with South Central Pitt.

Apex 72, Riverside 52: Southwest Wake Athletic champion Apex rolled past Durham Riverside with a balanced attack. T.J. Wells scored 18. T.J. Evans and Ian Boyd scored 16 each. Riverside’s Markeise Crutchfield led all scorers with 17 points.

Apex will be a home against Fayettville Smith, a 62-49 winner over Heritage.

Middle Creek 50, Hoggard 41: Middle Creek (16-9) advanced to a second-round game at Northern Durham with the victory over Wilmington Hoggard.

Orange 75, South Brunswick 51: Orange raced past South Brunswick in the first round of the 3A tournament.

Chapel Hill 55, Western Guilford 53: As time expired in Chapel Hill, Josh Hennen put back a last-second miss by Jamil Walker and lifted the No. 16-seeded Tigers (19-7) to a 55-53 victory over No. 17 Western Guilford (17-11) in a boys 3A first-round game.

Chapel Hill freshman David Caraher scored a game-high 17 points.

Down by 11 in the second half, Western erased a 51-44 deficit in the final minute with three consecutive 3-pointers, two by Ce'Darius Dockery in the last 37 seconds, before Hennen's big rebound and basket.

Havelock 68, Gibbons 55: Havelock led 34-22 at the half and never allowed Cardinal Gibbons to rally despite 22 points by the Crusaders’ Justin Reid.

Neuse Charter 62, Pender 57: Top-Seeded Neuse Charter School rallied from a 14-point second quarter deficit, then pulled away down the stretch to put away pesky Pender in 1A.

Neuse trailed 25-11 midway in the second period before going on a 17-2 streak.

"We had to burn two timeouts and settle the kids down," said Cougars coach Jimmie Sanders. "The main thing was finding good chemistry - some of the guys were a little off and we had to go with a different lineup and become more defensive minded."

Princeton 57, East Columbus 53: Michael Wooten led Princeton with 20 points and Tanner Woodardhad 10 points to outduel the Gators' outstanding duo of Elijah Gresham (15 points, nine rebounds) and Marquese King (12 points).

"We made it harder than we had to," Princeton coach Jeff Davis said of his team who missed seven foul shots in the fourth quarter. "We'll take it. At this point of the season, you'd rather win ugly."

J. Mike Blake, Jonathan Alexander, Michael Held, Bill Woodward and Jay Mumford contributed to this story.

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