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February 25, 2014 

N.C. High School basketball playoffs get underway

Seeded third in Big Eight men’s basketball, Southern upset No. 2 Chapel Hill and then No. 1 Orange to emerge as the conference’s tournament champion. Southern led the final virtually from start to finish and won 67-53. That earned the Spartans a No. 13 seed in the N.C. High School Athletics Association basketball playoffs that got underway Monday night.

Northern romped to a 99-80 win over Hillside in the PAC-6 championship game played in Roxboro. The Knights emerged as a No. 2 seed in the NCHSAA 4A East.

Hillside's women, who beat Jordan 65-49 for their PAC-6 tournament title, entered the NCHSAA playoffs as a No. 5 seed and was the only local team to host a first-round game.

The first-round NCHSAA games were completed too late for Wedneday’s edition of the Durham News. See newsobserver.com/ for a report on Northern Durham’s No. 1 boys, and check out nchsaa.org for all scores.

Northern’s Ricky Council named to N.C. all-star team

Northern’s Ricky Council has been named to the North Carolina roster for the 2014 Carolinas All Star Basketball Classic.

In its 17th year, the all-star game features some of the top seniors from North Carolina against their counterparts in South Carolina. The game will be held Saturday, March 22, at Socastee (S.C.) High School. The girls’ game will tip off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys.

Council, who last week led the Knights to their first conference tournament championship since 1991, is the only Triangle Area player named to the team.

McCrory makes more history

Duke senior Nick McCrory, the Most Valuable Diver in last weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, won the platform event with a score of 492.95 on Saturday to sweep the three diving events for the second year in a row. McCrory will end his collegiate career with a record 10 ACC Championship gold medals. The U.S. Olympian from Chapel Hill became the first to earn ACC Men’s Most Valuable Diver honors four times in his career. McCrory also became the first student-athlete to earn three gold medals in the ACC Championship men’s platform dive.

Pathman named All-Academic

Duke senior Mollie Pathman, who played at Durham Academy before becoming a Blue Devil, has earned All-ACC Academic Team honors for the fourth straight year. Pathman collected 29 assists, 17 goals and 63 points over four years. Pathman’s eight assists in NCAA Tournament play was a Blue Devil record, and her 29 assists ranked third on the Duke career record books.

NCCU has home game Saturday

Another 30-point performance by senior Jeremy Ingram combined with solid defense set the tone for North Carolina Central University’s 73-55 victory Saturday night over North Carolina A&T. The win inside a sold-out Corbett Sports Center in Greensboro earned the Eagles a season sweep over their biggest rivals.

The win was Central’s 13th in a row and put the Eagles’ record at 21-5 overall, 12-1 MEAC. They took on the Highlanders of NJIT on Tuesday in Newark, N.J., and will return to Durham for a home game at 4 p.m. Saturday against South Carolina State.

NCCU hosts its last home game of the season on March 3 versus Savannah State.

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