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STATE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS SET: Cummings boys win league tourney, but must travel for states; Williams also on the road

GIRLS: Southern, Western, Williams, Clover Garden to open at home

 

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The Cummings boys’ basketball team, fresh off a conference championship, will take the No. 18 seed in the East Region into the Class 2-A state playoffs for boys’ basketball; games begin next week.

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The North Carolina High School Association released its brackets for the state playoffs Saturday night, with two boys’ teams and six girls’ teams from Alamance County entered in those tournaments.

First-round games are Tuesday night at higher-seeded teams. All the county teams are in the East Region.

Cummings (17-8) holds an eight-game winning streak. The Cavaliers will travel to 15th-seeded St. Pauls to begin the playoffs.

In the Mid-Carolina Conference Tournament final, Cummings knocked off regular-season champion Seaforth 62-52 on Friday night, avenging two earlier season losses to Seaforth in the process.

The visiting Cavaliers won three games in four nights as the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

Johnniyus Sharpe of Cummings

Johnniyus Sharpe poured in 22 points in the championship game, while Ja’kari Dobbins and Ramael Warren both posted 14 points. A.J. Gillespie added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

 

Class 3-A boys

Williams (14-11) is seeded No. 21, going to No. 12 seed Rocky Mount to open the playoffs.

 

Class 4-A girls

Southern Alamance (19-8) is slotted as the No. 14 seed with a home game against 19th-seeded Wilmington Ashley.

The Patriots won a special tiebreaker game with Chapel Hill by 49-27 on Friday to determine the DAC-VII Conference’s third-place team for seeding purposes.

 

Class 3-A girls

Western Alamance had good news a night after a loss in its conference tournament.

The Warriors (19-8) are seeded No. 12 with a home game against Wilson Hunt.

Northwood defeated visiting Western Alamance 61-49 in the Central Carolina 3-A Conference Tournament final.

Western dropped to a combined 1-5 in games against Northwood and Williams, but the Warriors are 18-3 against all other competition. Northwood (22-4) received 22 points from Te’Keyah Bland.

Williams (19-6) is seeded No. 14 with a home date against No. 14 seed Pikeville Aycock.

Briahna Scott of Williams

No. 22 seed Eastern Alamance (13-12) is heading to No. 11 seed Fayetteville Sanford.

 

Class 2-A girls

Cummings (8-13) made the field as the No. 31 seed, meaning a trip to second-seeded North Pitt.

Bartlett Yancey (19-5) of Caswell County is the No. 17 seed, meaning a trip to No. 16 seed SouthWest Edgecombe.

 

Class 1-A girls

Clover Garden (21-8) will have a home game as the No. 11 seed, facing Gates County. The Grizzlies lost in Friday’s Central Tar Heel Conference Tournament title game by 59-31 to Chatham Charter.

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