East Chapel Hill fends off Chargers, 62-47
Northwood's boys basketball squad gave its home crowd a few stretches to cheer for as the Chargers welcomed East Chapel Hill for their home-opener Friday night.
Despite the Chargers breaking out to a 6-0 lead, then chipping a 15-point Wildcat lead to as close as four with a few minutes to play, it wasn't enough for the Chargers (1-2) as East Chapel Hill (3-3) won its third straight game, 62-47.
Junior guard Arkavius Parks led the Wildcats with 25 points, including four three-pointers as East Chapel Hill knocked down 8 of 14 three-pointers compared to 3-for-17 shooting beyond the arc for the Chargers.
The Chargers, trying to bounce back from a 71-53 loss at Northern Durham on Tuesday, are prepping for their first season in 3A and the Big Eight Conference. Following Friday, the Chargers have two games before opening conference play with a home date against Chapel Hill on Dec. 17.
The Chargers and 4A Wildcats traded big runs early on. Ti Pinnix was fouled on a three-point shot and made all three at the line, followed by Kadarus Rone hitting a three-pointer for a 6-0 Charger lead.
The Wildcats answered with 10 straight points and led 16-9 after the first period. Parks, Tykeem Woodard and Carter Collins connected on three-pointers in the quarter.
The Chargers regained the momentum and the lead. Jared Worley's fast-break basket followed seconds later by another Charger break and Pinnix grabbing a rebound and scoring made it 19-18 Chargers.
Parks made a jumper and Collins hit a triple setting off a 16-2 Wildcat run in the last 3:55 of the half making it 34-21 Wildcats.
Northwood, while having the smaller frontcourt, did most of its work around the hoop, whether on the dribble or by tough rebounding work as the Chargers outrebounded the visitors 34-25.
Pinnix made three of four at the foul line to bring the Chargers within a 40-35 score late in the third period.
On a sideline inbounds play with 0:02 left in the period, the Wildcats called a timeout and drew up a play for Parks, who swished a fading three-pointer from deep on the right wing to put the Wildcats up 43-35.
The Chargers cut a 10-point margin in half quickly, with a three by Worley and Rone finishing a give-and-go lay-up off an assist from Darius Cole, a couple minutes into the fourth period.
With a little more than three minutes to play, Rone finished a fast break with a lay-up, cutting the Wildcat edge to 50-46. On the ensuing Wildcat possession, with the Charger home-court advantage being heard, Rone thought he had a steal at midcourt but was whistled for a foul, then a technical foul for his reaction to the foul call.
The Wildcats turned the free throws and possession into three points. After getting a defensive stop, the Wildcats got the next hoop, too, a back-door lay-up by Parks with 2:10 and counting. East Chapel Hill kept pulling away to close out the game.
Collins finished with 13 points while Woodard had nine points and five assists for the Wildcats.
Pinnix led the Chargers with 14 points and five rebounds. Rone had 11 points and 10 boards.
Northwood hosts county rival Jordan-Matthews at 7 p.m. Saturday and will host Bunn on Tuesday night before entering Big Eight play.