The N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs’ second round was Thursday. The third round is Saturday.
1(1E)-Heritage vs 14(8ME)-Northern Durham: The top overall seeded Huskies are going to the third round after defeating Northern 70-62 to end the Knights’ season. Jayden Gardner had 28 points and 17 rebounds in the win.
8(4ME)-Seventy-First vs 10(5E)-Millbrook: The Wildcats fell in Fayetteville with a 70-64 loss at Seventy-First. Millbrook ends its season 21-8 overall.
5(2ME)-Overhills vs 17(10ME)-Leesville Road: The Pride ended Overhills’ historic season with a 75-66 road win. Leesville will travel to Garner in the next round. Garner won the previous meeting in the John Wall Holiday Classic.
3(3E)-Garner vs 23(11E)-Broughton: In double overtime, Garner hung on to beat Broughton 89-80. It was the second barn-burner in as many games for the Trojans, who beat Riverside 80-78. The Capitals sent the game into overtime with free throws and into double overtime with a 3 at the buzzer.
4(1ME)-East Chapel Hill vs 16(9ME)-Cardinal Gibbons: The third time was the charm. Cardinal Gibbons defeated East Chapel Hill 62-61 after being swept in the regular season by their PAC-6 foes, thus ending the Wildcats’ season.
6(4E)-New Hanover vs 9(5ME)-Green Hope: Jordan Bates-Williams hit a floater at the buzzer to lift the Falcons to a thrilling 63-61 win over New Hanover and set up a Saturday home game with Cardinal Gibbons.
2(2E)-South Central vs 22(10E)-Athens Drive: It took overtime, but the Falcons held off Athens Drive’s upset effort to win 51-46. The Jaguars’ season ends in the second round for the first time in more than a decade. South Central will host Apex on Saturday.
19(11ME)-Apex vs 30(14E)-Clayton: Apex closed out its Cougar Den with one more playoff victory, defeating upset-minded Clayton 83-67. Clayton ends its season 14-13. Eric Fox had 40 points in the win, his first career 40-point game.
1(1E)-Northern Nash vs 15(9E)-Fike: The Knights and Golden Demons met for the third time this year, but Northern Nash stayed perfect against Fike, winning 61-57.
8(5E)-Eastern Wayne vs 12(4ME)-Terry Sanford: The Warriors fell short against reigning East champ Terry Sanford, falling 65-53. Eastern Wayne ended the season 12-15.
3(2ME)-Eastern Guilford vs 10(7E)-Southern Durham: In overtime, Southern Durham fell at Eastern Guilford by a 56-53 score to end the Spartans’ season.
14(6ME)-Eastern Alamance vs 27(14ME)-Lee County: For awhile, it looked as though Lee County was going to pull off the road upset and keep its Cinderella run alive. But the Yellow Jackets fell 69-64 to the Eagles.
2(1ME)-Orange vs 19(9ME)-Southern Guilford: The Panthers will have yet another home playoff game after dispatching Southern Guilford 69-54.
7(4E)-Triton vs 13(5ME)-Asheboro: The Hawks rolled Asheboro 64-39 to move into the third round. It was a win even the football and volleyball teams could enjoy – they’ve had their seasons cut short in the playoffs by Asheboro at least once each in the last two years.
4(2E)-West Brunswick vs 16(7ME)-Northern Guilford: Northern Guilford won 69-53.
5(3ME)-Southern Lee vs 21(11ME)-Chapel Hill: The Tigers upset Southern Lee 50-44 to end the Cape Fear Valley champs’ season. Chapel Hill held its second straight opponent to fewer than 50 points and will travel to Northern Guilford on Saturday.
1(1E)-Greene Central vs 14(8ME)-St. Pauls: Greene Central won 83-55.
10(5E)-Kinston vs 23(13E)-South Lenoir: Kinston won 72-49.
4(2ME)-South Granville vs 15(7E)-Roanoke Rapids: The Vikings couldn’t get by conference foe Roanoke Rapids. South Granville, the Northern Carolina Conference champs, lost 43-38.
6(3E)-Hertford County vs 12(6ME)-Warren County: Warren County nearly pulled off the road upset. Instead, the Eagles fell 70-68 to Hertford County.
3(1ME)-Clinton vs 16(9ME)-West Bladen: Clinton won 48-44.
9(4E)-Northeastern vs 22(12E)-Ayden-Grifton: The Chargers’ Cinderella run continues as Ayden-Grifton shocked Northeastern with a 57-53 win. The Chargers will visit Clinton next.
2(2E)-Northside (Jacksonville) vs 13(7ME)-Franklinton: The Red Rams’ season ended with an 80-53 loss at Northside.
5(3ME)-Fairmont vs 11(6E)-North Pitt: North Pitt couldn’t catch Fairmont after giving up a 13-3 run to end the third quarter. The Panthers’ season ended with a 72-52 loss.
2(1E)-Rocky Mount Prep vs 17(8ME)-River Mill Academy: In a battle of Jaguars, Rocky Mount Prep held off River Mill Academy 67-54.
8(4ME)-Wallace-Rose Hill vs 9(5E)-Riverside (Williamston): Riverside won 59-39.
5(2ME)-Spring Creek vs 12(7E)-Perquimans: The Gators are moving on after a thrilling 81-79 home win against Perquimans.
4(3E)-Southeast Halifax vs 19(11E)-Northampton County: Southeast Halifax won 63-60.
1(1ME)-Kestrel Heights vs 13(8E)-Pamlico County: The top-seeded Hawks blasted Pamlico County 88-56 to move into the next round. Kestrel Heights will host East Carteret.
6(4E)-East Carteret vs 10(5ME)-Voyager Academy: The Vikings’ season ended with an 81-58 loss to East Carteret. Voyager was the defending 1A state champion.
3(2E)-Camden County vs 16(7ME)-James Kenan: James Kenan won 66-44.
7(3ME)-Whiteville vs 11(6E)-Jones: Whiteville won 58-55.
1(1E)-Southeast Raleigh vs 17(9E)-East Wake: Southeast Raleigh pounded conference foe East Wake 68-28. The Bulldogs ended the Warriors’ season at 17-9 overall.
7(4ME)-E.E. Smith vs 9(5E)-Heritage: The Huskies pulled off the road victory in Fayetteville with a 61-57 win at E.E. Smith and will now head to Southeast Raleigh.
5(2ME)-Hillside vs 12(7E)-Knightdale: The Hornets fended off a strong challenge from Knightdale 55-48 to end the Knights’ season. Hillside will host New Hanover on Saturday.
4(3E)-New Hanover vs 13(6ME)-Apex: The Cougars’ season ended with a 59-50 loss on the road at New Hanover.
2(1ME)-Lumberton vs 14(8E)-Leesville Road: The Pride nearly pulled off the upset, falling at Lumberton 58-50.
8(4E)-South Central vs 24(12E)-Laney: The Falcons will have a road game in Lumberton after holding off Laney 53-46.
3(2E)-Millbrook vs 15(7ME)-Holly Springs: The defending 4A champs ended Holly Springs’ season with a 57-47 win.
6(3ME)-Green Hope vs 10(6E)-Hoggard: The Falcons held on against Hoggard, advancing with a 48-46 victory. Green Hope will head to Millbrook in the third round.
2(1E)-Jacksonville vs 16(8ME)-Northeast Guilford: Jacksonville won 68-50.
23(12ME)-Cedar Ridge vs 27(13E)-Corinth Holders: Corinth Holders’ Cinderella run in the playoffs continues with a 38-34 win at Cedar Ridge to end the Red Wolves’ own hopes of an unexpected run. The Pirates will play at Jacksonville on Saturday.
3(2ME)-Orange vs 12(7E)-Havelock: In a high-scoring affair, Orange is moving on and will host again on Saturday after the Panthers defeated Havelock 81-77.
13(6ME)-Rockingham County vs 26(14ME)-Eastern Guilford: Rockingham County won 63-45.
1(1ME)-Northern Guilford vs 18(9ME)-Gray’s Creek: Northern Guilford won 70-27.
7(4E)-Topsail vs 9(5ME)-Terry Sanford: Topsail won 32-30.
5(2E)-Rocky Mount vs 14(7ME)-Northwood: Rocky Mount defeated Northwood 50-35 and will play rival Nash Central on Saturday for a spot in the fourth round.
4(3ME)-Union Pines vs 11(6E)-Nash Central: The red-hot Bulldogs won again, this time taking down Union Pines 54-42. The Vikings ended their season 24-4 overall.
1(1E)-Bertie vs 13(9E)-Warren County: The Eagles’ upset bid at Bertie didn’t work out. Warren County ended its season with a 58-27 loss.
8(5E)-Roanoke Rapids vs 11(4ME)-East Bladen: Roanoke Rapids won 70-56.
5(2ME)-Bartlett Yancey vs 10(7E)-Kinston: Barlett Yancey won 62-44.
4(3E)-South Lenoir vs 15(11E)-East Duplin: East Duplin won 51-48.
2(1ME)-Clinton vs 12(8E)-North Pitt: The defending state champion Panthers were bounced by Clinton 86-50.
7(4E)-SouthWest Edgecombe vs 16(5ME)-North Johnston: The Panthers’ season ended with a 59-38 loss to conference foe SouthWest Edgecombe.
3(2E)-North Brunswick vs 14(10E)-Farmville Central: Farmville Central’s season ended with a 58-48 loss at North Brunswick.
6(3ME)-Red Springs vs 9(6E)-Northside (Jacksonville): Northside won 52-42.
1(1E)-Plymouth vs 17(9E)-Ocracoke: Plymouth won 63-38.
9(5E)-Northampton County vs 24(13E)-Manteo: Northampton won 70-31.
5(2ME)-East Columbus vs 14(7E)-Lejeune: East Columbus won 60-49.
4(3E)-Pamlico County vs 21(11E)-Camden County: Pamlico won 62-28.
2(1ME)-Roxboro Community vs 18(9ME)-Rosewood: The Bulldogs handled the Eagles with a 65-32 win in a rematch of last year’s fourth round. Roxboro Community gets another home game on Saturday.
7(4E)-Weldon vs 10(5ME)-Neuse Charter: The Cougars’ best season in school history ended with a 57-51 loss to Weldon. Neuse was led by McKenna Kersat’s 12 points, 12 reboundsa nd five blocks.
3(2E)-Riverside (Williamston) vs 13(7ME)-Franklin Academy: The Patriots’ season ended with a 65-33 loss at powerhouse Riverside.
6(3ME)-Princeton vs 12(6E)-East Carteret: The Bulldogs fell to East Carteret 39-29. Princeton won 22 games this season and won the Carolina 1A.