Chapel Hill boys basketball coach Bill Walton had lamented his team’s lack of practice time in December after the end of the Tigers’ successful football season.
But the start of a new semester has allowed the Tigers, now bolstered by the addition of several football lettermen, more time to work together, and the result has been a successful run in conference play.
Last week, Chapel Hill bounced back from its first conference loss and put itself right back into the race for the Big Eight championship with a 66-48 victory Friday at Southern Durham.
The Spartans had been tied with Cardinal Gibbons for the conference lead, but Chapel Hill’s win knocked them down into a tie for second place with the Tigers.
Erstwhile CHHS wide receiver Arkavius Parks led Chapel Hill (9-4 overall, 4-1 Big Eight) with his game-high 19 points. David Caraher added 13 points and Albert Nyamayaro, another football letterman, chipped in 10 points.
It was Chapel Hill’s third win in four games with Southern, last year’s Big Eight champions, and it was the Tigers’ eighth win in nine games overall. Their lone loss in that stretch was a 61-59 heartbreaker Jan. 9 at Orange (6-5, 2-2).
Friday’s result also was Chapel Hill’s biggest margin of victory against the Spartans since they joined the conference in 2014.
Southern fell to 7-7, 4-1 with the loss, leaving Cardinal Gibbons (10-5, 5-0) alone in first place.
Chapel Hill’s boys and girls teams played Tuesday at Cardinal Gibbons in games completed too late to be included in Wednesday’s edition of The Chapel Hill News. See www.newsobserver.com for scores.
CHHS girls alone in first
Chapel Hill took sole possession of first place in the Big Eight's girls basketball standings last week with the Tigers' 66-39 blowout of Southern Durham.
Jessica Wall provided 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to help Chapel Hill improve to 10-2 overall, 5-0 in the Big Eight. Raziyah Farrington added 17 points and 4 assists.
Southern fell to 8-6, 4-1 with its first conference loss and dropped into a tie for second place with Northwood (12-2, 4-1) and Cardinal Gibbons (12-3, 4-1).
Southern and Northwood met Tuesday night in Pittsboro.