High School Sports

Time Warner Cable to air live prep basketball games starting Thursday

Charlotte Catholic defenders converge on West Charlotte senior guard #3 Mark Alexander in the first half Saturday. Charlotte Catholic defeated West Charlotte 66-46 during the first game on Saturday Dec. 5, 2015 at the Southeast National Hoops Festival at Vance High School.
Charlotte Catholic defenders converge on West Charlotte senior guard #3 Mark Alexander in the first half Saturday. Charlotte Catholic defeated West Charlotte 66-46 during the first game on Saturday Dec. 5, 2015 at the Southeast National Hoops Festival at Vance High School. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Time Warner Cable will air broadcast a series of six live high school high school basketball doubleheaders this season, beginning Thursday. Five area teams -- Queens Grant, Concord, Concord Robinson, North Meck and West Charlotte -- will have games shown.

The games will on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Time Warner aired a similar series of high school football games in the fall, with games coming on Thursday, a non-traditional playing night. In the past, the N.C. High School Athletic Association has not allowed live broadcasts of games, mainly for fear of diluting audiences on main playing dates, like football Fridays, when schools make the majority of their money to support their program via admission and concession sales.

Playing on Thursdays, or other non-traditional night, helps alleviate those concerns.

The basketball schedule begins Thursday with the Apex at Panther Creek doubleheader at 6:30. The remainder of the schedule:

▪ Jan. 7: Concord Robinson at Concord

▪ Jan. 13: Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons at Chapel Hill

▪ Jan. 21: Queens Grant at Albemarle

▪ Jan 27: West Charlotte at North Meck

▪ Feb. 4: East Duplin at Northside Jacksonville

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