Concord Robinson is going to the N.C. 3A state championship for the first time.
The Bulldogs got a tip-in from Javonte Misenheimer with 2.9 seconds left in overtime to beat Hickory 67-66. Robinson (28-3) won its 18th straight game. Before this season, the farthest Robinson had advanced in the playoffs was a third round berth in 2012. After Saturday, Robinson is 4-1 in overtime games this season.
Hickory (29-3) had tied a school record for wins with 1998-99 team and lost for the first time since Jan. 27. Hickory had won 12 straight.
Daniel Spencer (24 points, five rebounds, five steals) and Lavar Batts (24 points, seven rebounds) led Robinson, which shot 39 percent but out-rebounded Hickory 43-36. Hickory got 17 points, eight rebounds from Mykell Lineberger.
Lincoln Charter falls on last-second shot in 1A semis
Winston-Salem Prep freshman Chaz Gwyn made a 3-point shot from the right corner just before the buzzer to lift his team to a 63-60 win over Lincoln Charter in the N.C. 1A Western Regional championship game.
Lincoln Charter (29-4) was attempting to reach its first state championship game. Winston-Salem Prep (22-7) earned a sixth state final bid in school history. Winston-Salem Prep will play Voyager Academy in the state final in Chapel Hill.
After shooting 36 percent in the first half and trailing 29-20, Lincoln Charter shot 59 percent in the second half. Zaire Williams made 8-of-9 shots to score a team-high 18 points to go with 12 rebounds.
Kody Shubert led Lincoln Charter with 19 points and five rebounds. Lavonte Knox added 16 points, four steals and three rebounds.
Ashbrook girls fall in 3A semis
Morganton Freedom’s girls improved to 31-0 with an easy 77-47 win over Ashbrook in the N.C. 3A girls Western Regional final.
Freedom outscored Ashbrook 23-10 in a decisive third quarter to advance its lead to 58-36. Ashbrook (30-2) never challenge after that. Freedom will face Northern Guilford in next week’s state final. Northern Guilford is in the state finals for the first time.
Freedom, which made its third straight regional appearance this season, advanced to its seventh state championship game. It’s the Patriots’ first finals appearance since 2002. Ashbrook set a school-record for wins and should be a state contender next season returning three sophomore starters in Evonna McGill, Trinity Jones and Jada Davie.
Saturday’s Regional Results
4A Boys: Cary 71, Garner 69
2A Boys: Farmville Central 73, Northeastern 57
3A Girls: Northern Guilford 44, Eastern Alamance 26
3A Boys: Eastern Alamance 49, Terry Sanford 61
1A Girls: Plymouth 50, Roxboro Community 37
1A Boys: Voyager Academy 71, South Creek 57
2A Girls: North Pitt 55, East Bladen 37
4A Girls: Millbrook 58, Hillside 51
4A Boys: Charlotte Catholic 46, North Mecklenburg 41
1A Girls: Winston-Salem Prep 56, Atkins 44
1A Boys: Winston-Salem Prep 63, Lincoln Charter 60
3A Boys: Robinson 67, Hickory 66 OT
2A Boys: East Lincoln 64, Forest Hills 52
2A Girls: East Davidson 49, R-S Central 43
3A Girls: Freedom 77, Ashbrook 47
4A Girls: Northwest Guilford 58, Southwest Guilford 41