The News & Observer area sent 10 boys basketball teams to the third round and went 6-6 against non-N&O teams in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs Thursday evening. The third round will be Saturday in most cases, but schools can agree to play on Friday.
Cary ran past Southwest Wake Athletic Conference foe Middle Creek for the third time this season and will host Leesville in the third round; the Pride took the Imps to overtime a couple weeks ago. Apex upset Seventy-First, who took down Panther Creek Tuesday night. Apex at Millbrook may be a match-up of the two hottest teams in the East.
Thursday’s scores: 1-Cary 62, 17-Middle Creek 40; 25-Leesville Road 60, 9-Heritage 57 / 13-J.H. Rose 46, 4-South Central 44; 5-New Hanover 57, 21-Green Hope 35 // 3-Millbrook 72, 19-Jack Britt 50; 11-Apex 72, 6-Seventy-First 68 / 2-Garner 85, 18-Broughton 71; 7-Riverside 76, 10-Northern Durham 71
Third round games: 1-Cary vs 25-Leesville Road; 5-New Hanover vs 13- J.H. Rose // 3-Millbrook vs 11-Apex; 2-Garner vs 7-Riverside
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There were no surprises in the 3A East as all of the higher seeds advanced to the quarterfinals. Southern Durham and Corinth Holders were the only area teams to move on.
Thursday’s scores: 1-Eastern Alamance 94, 17-Cedar Ridge 73; 8-Southern Nash 59, 9-Eastern Wayne 44 / 4-Asheboro 78, 13-Smithfield-Selma 73 (OT); 5-Southern Durham 76, 12-Southern Lee 63 // 3-Havelock 76, 14-Orange 74; 6-West Brunswick 70, 11-Eastern Guilford 63 / 2-Fayetteville Terry Sanford 86, 18-Northern Guilford 41; 7-Corinth Holders 70, 10-Jacksonville 56
Third-round games: 1-Eastern Alamance vs 8-Southern Nash; 4-Asheboro vs 5-Southern Durham // 3-Havelock vs 6-West Brunswick; 2-Terry Sanford vs 7-Corinth Holders
Jordan-Matthews was the only N&O area team to advance in 2A, upsetting six-seed Eastern Randolph. Goldsboro took down defending state champions Kinston 68-59.
Thursday’s scores: 1-Farmville Central 92, 16-North Pitt 75; 25-Midway 85, 9-Clinton 60 / 4-Cummings 90, 13-East Duplin 68; 5-Northside Jacksonville 84, 21-Bertie 39 // 3-Northeastern 74, 19-Red Springs 62; 11-Jordan-Matthews 75, 6-Eastern Randolph 66 / 2-Fairmont 87, 18-Greene Central 79; 10-Goldsboro 68, 7-Kinston 59
Third-round games: 1-Farmville Central vs 25-Midway; 4-Cummings vs 5-Northside Jacksonville // 3-Northeastern vs 11-Jordan Matthews; 2-Fairmont vs 10-Goldsboro
Led by Virginia recruit Jay Huff, Voyager Academy scored 97 points in a win over Williamston Riverside. Kestrel Heights made a statement in an upset victory over two-seed Gates County. Darius McGhee, the third highest scoring player in the country, had his season come to an end as Roxboro Community conceded to Trask 86-65.
Thursday’s scores: 1-East Carteret 79, 16-Wallace-Rose Hill 62; 8-Whiteville 64, 9-Jones 31 / 4-Weldon 53, 13-Louisburg 45; 5-Voyager Academy 97, 12-Williamston Riverside 81 // 3-Trask 86, 14-Roxboro Community 65; 6-South Creek 83, 11-James Kenan 57 / 15-Kestrel Heights 62, 2-Gates County 52; 10-Camden County 82, 26-Hobbton 71
Third-round games: 1-East Carteret vs 8-Whiteville; 4-Weldon vs 5-Voyager Academy / 3-Trask vs 6-South Creek; 10-Camden County vs 15-Kestrel Heights