Cavaliers beat Bears at the buzzer
Southern Lee 57, Gray’s Creek 56
Freshman guard Noah Mellette scored a tip-in basket at the buzzer to give the Cavaliers a victory to close their regular season at Gray’s Creek Thursday night. It was the third straight Cavalier win in a one-possession game and gives the Cavs 10 wins out of their last 11 contests heading into the postseason.
Southern Lee rallied from a 34-26 Bear lead at halftime.
The Cavs (13-9, 10-2) are the No. 2 seed going into next week’s Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament and have a state tournament berth locked up. Southern Lee will host No. 7 Western Harnett in the CFVC first round Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Westover 98, Union Pines 55
The host Wolverines rolled to an easy win to finish with an 11-1 CFVC mark.
Westover drained 15-of-24 three-pointers. Titus Gary scored 20 points. Eddie Jackson had 19 points, six steals and five assists.
Senior guard Matthew Maness led the Vikings with 22 points, including seven three-pointers.
Westover is the top seed for the CFVC Tournament and gets a bye to Thursday night’s semifinals. Union Pines (5-19, 1-11) is the No. 6 seed and will play at No. 3 Overhills Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Overhills 79, Douglas Byrd 70
Overhills (15-7, 9-3) finished a regular season sweep over Douglas Byrd Thursday night.
The Jaguars host Union Pines Tuesday night while Gray’s Creek plays at Douglas Byrd Tuesday in another first-round game.
Triton 71, North Lenoir 65
Triton (20-3, 11-1), with the Eastern Carolina title already clinched, finished its regular season with a home win Thursday night.
Triton won the third period 21-7 for a 46-28 lead and held on as North Lenoir scored 37 points in the last eight minutes.
Maurice McBryde led Triton with 17 points and four assists. A.J. Williams and Dedrick Stacker had 16 points each. Ronald Elliott had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Southeast Raleigh 73, Harnett Central 45
Southeast Raleigh jumped out to a 20-9 lead through one quarter and kept going for a season sweep over the visiting Trojans.
William Walker led Southeast Raleigh (11-8, 8-5) with 17 points.
Hunter Baker scored 13 points and Don Singletary added 11 points for the Trojans (9-13, 5-8).
Harnett Central played at Garner last night to close its regular season.
Southern Lee 42, Gray’s Creek 38
The Lady Cavaliers (12-11, 9-3) won at Gray’s Creek Thursday night to claim the No. 2 seed for the Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament and sweep the Lady Bears for the regular season.
Southern Lee will host No. 7 Western Harnett in the first round of the conference tourney Monday at 6 p.m.
Both Cavalier basketball squads have state tournament spots clinched. The NCHSAA State Tournament opens on Feb. 25.
Union Pines 48, Westover 42
The Lady Vikings (12-11, 9-3) won their fifth straight game to finish the regular season, winning at Westover Thursday night.
Freshman guard Maresa Smith led the Vikes with 11 points and four rebounds. Tiffany Hicks added nine points, seven rebounds and three assists.
No. 3 Union Pines will host No. 6 Douglas Byrd Monday at 7 p.m. in the CFVC first round while No. 4 Westover hosts No. 5 Gray’s Creek Monday at 7 p.m.
Overhills 76, Douglas Byrd 38
With the CFVC season crown locked up, the Lady Jaguars (17-5, 12-0) finished with a perfect CFVC season Thursday night.
Senior guard Katelyn Clark scored 30 points, including 4-of-6 three-point shooting, for Overhills. Sophomore Ge’Naisha Robinson had 28 points, nine rebounds and eight steals.
Overhills has an 11-game winning streak going into the CFVC Tournament. The Lady Jaguars have a bye until Wednesday’s semifinal round.
Southeast Raleigh 67, Harnett Central 42
Southeast Raleigh (22-0, 13-0) rolled to an easy win over the visiting Lady Trojans (18-4, 9-4) Thursday night.
Jalisia Campbell led Harnett Central with 12 points and Erica Holmes scored 10 points.
Harnett Central played Garner last night to finish its regular season.
Triton 40, North Lenoir 35
Triton (11-12, 7-5) finished its regular season with a win over visiting North Lenoir Thursday night.
Senior Mallary Caroway led the Lady Hawks with 18 points and six rebounds. Adaisha Harris had a double-double of 11 points and 14 boards.