Bears win for coach Slaughter
As Chatham Central icon boys basketball head coach Bill Slaughter watched via internet from his UNC hospital room, his Bears took care of business behind Zack Burke’s game-high 33 points for a 61-55 victory over Union Academy.
For Burke, a senior, playing well “would be a way we can show coach we love him. To win tonight would mean everything to us," he said.
The game didn't start that way. Union Academy, in the first-ever Yadkin Valley Conference game between the schools, held Burke, who averages 24 points a game, to only six first-half points. However, the Cardinals failed to capitalize as they trailed 19-17 at the half.
On this night, Burke would not be denied, as he helped the Bears create some distance midway in the second half. Union Academy's full-court pressure made it interesting late, but Burke’s free throws iced the game for the hosts.
Foul trouble limited the Cardinals (9-11, 6-5) all night, who were led by Ben Killion, who poured in 18 points.
The Bears (8-9, 4-5) will make up one of their postponed games Monday night, hosting East Montgomery for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Bears are slated for four games in six days this coming week, the last week of the regular season.
Earlier in the evening at Chatham Central, the Lady Bears (11-8, 7-3) defeated Union Academy (9-11, 4-7) 49-39.
Ashley Hudson and Jocelyn Rives helped pace a balanced Chatham Central attack in the YVC victory. Hudson scored nine points and Rives added eight points.
In a game marked by cold shooting early and intense defense late, the Lady Bears overcame Siera Lunn’s game-high 19 points and Cara McNulty’s 13 rebounds. In the back and forth contest, CC’s Alli Maness hit a key three-pointer with 30 seconds left to ice it for the home team.
The Lady Bears, also with four games next week, will host East Montgomery at 6 p.m. Monday.