RALEIGH Statesville, which trailed Oxford Webb by as many as 14 points in the second half of Saturdays N.C. 3A boys basketball state final at NC States Reynolds Coliseum, used a 13-1 run over 2 minutes, 22 seconds in the fourth quarter to take its first post-intermission lead. The Greyhounds forced overtime, in which Webbs 6-foot-8 forward Isaiah Hicks a UNC-bound McDonalds All-American fouled out with 19 seconds left. Hicks 34 points and state final record 30 rebounds proved enough for the Warriors to hang on 73-70.
Statesville (25-4) managed just one field goal on Josh Gaithers conventional three-point play in the third quarters last three minutes. Webb (27-5) seemed poised to put the game out of reach with an 11-point (46-35) lead entering the final stanza.
We switched some people defensively, and just decided to increase the pressure and make them play full court a little bit more, Statesville coach Sonny Schofield said.
What ensued was a 28-point Greyhounds outburst, including four three-pointers the last by JaQuan Warren (17 points) that capped the comeback and gave Statesville a 61-59 lead at the two-minute mark. Hicks knotted the score at 61 before Breon Borders basket with 38.3 seconds left put the Greyhounds back on top. Hicks forced the extra session with two more free throws.
Hicks 30 rebounds bettered the previous state final mark set in 2008 by Reggie Johnson. The current Miami pivot man pulled 23 rebounds to help Winston-Salem Prep to the 1A crown.
Borders, who will play football at Duke, finished with a team high 26 points, while teammates Gaither and Marquis Willis added 13 and 10, respectively.
1A boys: Winston-Salem Prep 53, Rocky Mount Prep 41: Winston-Salem Prep won its third N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A boys championship in the past six seasons over Rocky Mount Prep in Raleigh.
Deshawn Freeman scored 15 points to lead Rocky Mount Prep (24-4).
2A girls: Kinston 51, Canton Pisgah 40: In Chapel Hill, Lydia Rivers had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead Kinston over Canton Pisgah for the schools first N.C. 2A girls championship.
1A girls: Bishop McGuinness 57, River Mill 52: In Raleigh, Julia Brown had 17 points and 14 rebounds, leading Bishop McGuinness to a record eighth consecutive N.C. 1A girls championship.
Associated Press contributed.