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Knights upend Cheraw to win their own tourney title

Posted: December 31, 2011 9:46 a.m.
Updated: January 2, 2012 5:00 a.m.

It appeared to be the tenth time was the charm for the North Central boys’ basketball team.
The hosts Knights won the 10th annual Ahlstrom Nonwovens/MPCU Carolina Classic with a 49-45 victory over Cheraw in Friday night’s championship game. It marked the first time that NC won its own tournament crown.
Junior forward Jeremy Fowler led the Knights (7-4) with 12 points, giving him 37 for the two-night event. Justin Black and Kawan Hough added 11 points each for the champions.
It was a pair of Black free throws in the closing 25 seconds of play which sealed the win, giving Chad Dixon’s troops a four-point edge.
Cheraw (7-1) made its first five shots in the title contest to take a 13-11 first quarter edge. North Central rallied to carry a 23-20 halftime advantage before using an 18-point third quarter to go on top, 41-36, heading into the final stanza.
In the third-place game, Camden ran past McBee, 72-47. The two sides will meet again in regular season play on Wednesday at McBee.
The Bulldogs (4-2) led, 20-15, after the first eight minutes and carried a 28-24 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Ron McKie’s charges began to separate themselves from the Panthers with a 20-9 third quarter run to build up a 48-34 lead entering the final quarter.
Josh Council was one of three Dogs with 12 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Hamid Mathis and Delton Bradford also added a dozen points toward the winning cause for CHS which snapped a two-game skid.

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