Basketball roundup: Panther Creek beats the buzzer

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 28, 2014 

Panther Creek’s Gaqwez Hudson hit a shot from the right elbow as the final seconds clicked off to give the Catamounts a 52-50 victory at Wilmington New Hanover in the sectional final of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys basketball tournament.

The Catamounts will play Millbrook in the state quarterfinals on Friday in Fayetteville. Southwest Wake Athletic mate Apex will play Clayton.

“Coach drew it up to get the ball to me or Juan (Munoz). He wasn’t open, so I got the ball and I looked at the clock one time, I ran it down and tried to get an open shot. And it went in,” Hudson said.

“I just created a little separation. It was a hard shot. His hand was right near the ball when I shot it, but he just missed it.”

Orange 86, Eastern Alamance 78: The Panthers (25-5) are headed to the 3A quarterfinals. Orange led 78-75 with 2:14 left before J.D. Brooks (23 points, 12 rebounds) helped the Panthers pull away. Keegan Crabtree added 22.

“I have faith in my team. Playing four games in five days last week helped us,” said Orange coach Greg Motley.

Wallace-Rose Hill 70, Neuse Charter 53: The surging Buldogs (13-13) knocked off a top 1A seed.

West Brunswick 81, Southern Durham 79: West Brunswick (20-7) held off a closing flurry by Southern Durham (17-11) in 3A.

Northside 48, Bunn 45: Bunn (24-4) could not hold off Northside in a 2A sectional final.

GIRLS

Northern Nash 59, Cardinal Gibbons 41: The Knights opened with a 20-4 advantage, but the Crusaders cut the lead to nine twice in the fourth quarter. Morgan Reid led Gibbons with 13 points. The Knights’ Alexus Hill scored 16.

“We’ve been coming back in the playoffs, but the hole we got into tonight was the defining moment for this game,” said Gibbons coach Jessica Lowe. “Credit to the kids the way we fought back and never gave up.”

East Columbus 67, Princeton 66: East Columbus freshman Marlena McClure made one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left for the win. Princeton had scored seven straight. The Bulldogs missed two shots in the final seconds.

Riverside 76, Fayetteville Smith 55: Riverside (19-8 and a No. 19 seed) continued its playoff run with the win over E.E. Smith (20-6).

Hillside 44, Southern Alamance 43: The Hornets made it an all Triangle 4A regional with the win.

D. Clay Best, Jeff Hamlin, David Justice, J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.

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