Friday, February 29, 2008

On To Greenville!

Terry Sanford Defeats East Chapel to Advance to the NCHSAA East Regional.

The late Jim Valvano coined the phrase "Survive and Advance." Terry Sanford has done just that this week in winning three games in four days to win their sectional and advance the East Regional next week in Greenville.

The Bulldogs overcame a poor shooting night and East Chapel Hill's frustrating 1-3-1 zone to pull away in the fourth quarter and claim a 58-43 win. While clinging onto a 3 point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs went to the four corners and forced East Chapel Hill out to chase. Terry Sanford was able to take advantage of several mis-matches to score a few easy baskets and then hit their free-throws down the stretch.

The games this week were what High School sports is all about... Large vocal crowds and the sheer joy of winning. The end of the game was filled with emotion. First there was the standing ovation when senior center Dwayne Allen fouled out at the 2:30 mark with the game still in doubt. Next there was the embrace of Coach Bill Boyette and senior point guard Josh Hayes when the Bulldogs emptied the bench in the game's waning seconds. However, the most touching thing was senior forward Alex Murry in tears as he hugged his father in during the on-court celebration after the game.

OK... now to get a bit of ACC in this post so it's not totally off-topic. I spotted former Carolina Center Warren Martin at the game. Actually, he was hard to miss since he serves as an assistant on coach Ray Hartsfield's staff. Martin looked liked he was in pretty good shape... has it really been 20 years since he played for the Heels? Did you know that Martin scored the first basket in the Dean Dome? He scored off a Kenny Smith pass in the January 18, 1986 95-92 thriller against Duke.


Ken White said...

do you remember Ray? Pretty sure you met him at my bachelor party. Can't remember for sure if you stuck around long enough, but he met us at good wings place.

To stick with the HighSchool theme, Jeremy and I went to the Wakefield Girls game last night. I've played some pickup ball with a couple of the girls, so wanted to finally see them play. I didn't know, but it was sectional finals, and they absolutely destroyed Northern Durham. At one point, it was something like 55-15. They are 29-0.

Kay Yow was at the game.

Anonymous said...

I remember meeting him... didn't get a chance to talk to him after the game... He did a heck of a job coaching his team to the sectional final. They had lots of size, but didn't seem to be all that athletic. They did a great job of controling tempo with the 1-3-1 zone.

Wakefield is pretty tough. They've developed a heck of a girls and boys program there.