Durham News: Sports

Southern drops into tie for second place


Chapel Hill's 66-48 win last Friday at Southern has opened the door for Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons to take over first place in the Big Eight Conference’s standings for boys basketball.

The Spartans had been tied with Gibbons for the conference lead, but the Crusaders won 39-34 Friday at Cedar Ridge to stand alone in first place.

Chapel Hill's win knocked Southern (7-7, 4-1 Big Eight) down into a tie for second place with the Tigers (9-4 overall, 4-1 Big Eight).

Arkavius Parks led Chapel Hill with his game-high 19 points. David Caraher added 13 points and Albert Nyamayaro chipped in 10 points.

JaTori Christmas, with 16 points, was the lone Spartan to score in double figures.

Friday's result 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).

Southern played Tuesday night at Northwood (6-8, 0-4) while Chapel Hill played Tuesday at Cardinal Gibbons (10-5, 5-0) in games completed too late to be included in Wednesday's edition of The Durham News. See www.newsobserver.com for scores.

CHHS girls in first place

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).

PAC-6 lead up for grabs

Northern and Jordan will meet Friday in a game that will decide who has first place in the Piedmont Athletics Conference.

Northern lost for the first time in 12 games when it fell 83-71 to Cary Panther Creek 83-71 Saturday in the MLK Classic at Durham School of the Arts. But Northern (13-2, 3-0) was still unbeaten in PAC-6 play, as was Jordan (15-1, 3-0) after the Falcons' 68-59 win Friday over Riverside.

Heading into this week, Riverside (12-4) was in a three-way tie for third place in the PAC-6 boys standings with Hillside (6-9) and East Chapel Hill (6-9) – each of them at 1-2 in conference games.

Riverside plays at Roxboro Person on Friday, while Hillside will be at East Chapel Hill on Friday.

Hillside girls at top of PAC-6

Hillside's girls solidified their hold on first place in the PAC-6 with last week's 65-17 win at Northern.

Hillside (13-1, 3-1) now has one win against every playoff contender from the PAC-6 with the exception of East Chapel Hill (6-5, 1-1).

The Hornets host East Chapel Hill at 6 p.m. Friday and later meet Person on Jan. 27 to complete the first leg of the PAC-6 season.

Riverside (13-1, 2-1) is one-half game behind Hillside. The Pirates play Friday at Person, while Jordan (11-5, 1-2) plays at Northern (5-10, 1-2).