Warriors net Senior Night win over Southern

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:44 AM

J.F. Webb’s Isaiah Hicks was named a McDonald’s All-American Thursday. The celebration continued Friday in the Warriors’ 73-49 Senior Night win over Southern Vance in front of a packed house in Oxford.

Webb fans displayed and waved McDonald’s signs throughout the game and during a halftime ceremony honoring Hicks’ achievement.

“It shows the community is with me,” said Hicks, who spent about 30 minutes after the game signing autographs and posing for photographs. “They really came and supported us hard tonight.”

The North Carolina recruit finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.

Hicks, Bryan Smith, Trevion Wilkerson and Mack Lyon were honored before the game as part of Senior Night festivities.

Smith, normally the team’s sixth man, and Wilkerson and Lyon, both reserves, each got starting nods and Webb jumped out to a 13-0 lead.

“Our crowd — that was unreal to be a part of that game,” said Webb coach Leo Brunelli. “The thing I was happiest about was we were up 13-0 right away. It just shows kids who are loyal to the program, who work hard, stay within the system, get their shot and made the most of it.”

Smith had 12 points for Webb and Wilkerson and Lyon both had first quarter buckets.

“Leadership, integrity, hard work,” Brunelli said of the senior class. “They bring it every day in practice. It has been a wonderful four years with them. Our goal the next couple of weeks is to just keep winning and advancing.”

Webb (20-4, 9-1) finished tied for the top spot in the 3-A Carolina Conference with Chapel Hill, which knocked off Cardinal Gibbons Friday. The Warriors and Chapel Hill each have first-round byes in the league tourney, which begins Monday. A coin flip will determine the top seed Saturday.

Stefan Cates and Devonte Williams each had 11 points for the Warriors and Tyrek Beverly tallied nine. Mitron Terry added seven.

Webb led 39-19 at halftime, but had a tough time putting away the Raiders in the third. Southern outscored the Warriors 18-17 in the period.

Raider coach Torrey Nowell said he loved the effort his team brought.

“I feel like we have a chance anytime,” he said. “There’s no telling when Ty-Traveon (Roberts) or Jamal (Williams) is going to get hot. As long as we have those guys on the court, I really feel like we have an opportunity to win.”

Consecutive treys from Webb point guard Devonte Williams, putting the home side up 22, doused any hopes of a miracle comeback.

Williams led Southern with 10 points.

Nowell said he was pleased with the play of De’Vante Henderson, who scored nine points off the bench.

Roberts finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.

Southern ended the regular season with one conference win and begins league tourney play on Monday.

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