Webb rolls over Southern Wayne to set up Chapel Hill rematch

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 12:32 AM

Here we go again.

J.F. Webb’s 87-57 win over Southern Wayne Wednesday set up another high-stakes contest at Chapel Hill. The No. 4 Warriors will visit the top-seeded Tigers Friday at 8 p.m. with a berth in the 3-A Eastern regional on the line.

It will mark the second consecutive year Webb (23-5) and Chapel Hill (24-4) have met four times in a season. The Warriors knocked the Tigers out of the second round of the playoffs last season.

“Now it’s all about the rivalry it’s becoming,” said Webb coach Leo Brunelli. “And it’s good basketball. Two good teams battling it out to go the regional.”

The Warriors are 2-2 in the last two seasons at Chapel Hill with Isaiah Hicks in the lineup.

Webb’s only two NCHSAA losses this season have come in the Tigers’ rowdy gym. The teams split in the regular season, sharing the Carolina Conference regular season title before Chapel Hill’s 47-42 win in the league tourney final.

“These guys are ready to play,” Brunelli said of his team. “Even when we lost last (Friday) at Chapel Hill — minutes later if you told them we had a game Saturday, they would have been fired up and ready to go.”

Webb defeated Asheboro 82-47 in Round 1. Chapel Hill eliminated Eastern Guilford 73-48 in the first round and advanced to the third round Wednesday with a 59-52 win over No. 9 Eden Morehead.

Tiger coach Tod Morgan compared the intensity of the Webb-Chapel Hill matchup to Carolina-Duke after last week’s tourney final.

“Their game brings out the best in our game and vice versa,” said Morgan. “I think it’s always going to be like this, tremendous battles between the two teams.”

Stefan Cates led Webb Wednesday with 24 points and Hicks had 21 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks.

The Warriors outscored the Saints 32-11 in the fourth quarter, led by nine points from Cates.

The junior trio of Cates, Mitron Terry and Tyrek Beverly, each perimeter players, combined for 52 points. Terry scored 11 of his 16 in the second half and Beverly finished with 12 points.

“It’s going to have to be a key for our run,” Brunelli said of wing play. “We need to be inside-out. The last two games we really proved that we could shoot the ball. We worked really hard at it. If we get our technique ready and are fundamentally correct shooting it, it’ll take care of itself.”

Webb hit six 3-pointers, shooting 33 percent. The Warriors held the Saints to 24 percent shooting from downtown.

“The big thing is we just have to be patient and take care of the possessions,” said Brunelli. “We got a little sloppy in the second quarter. If we work those kinks out, we’ll be OK.”

Brunelli went to the bench with regularity in the first half, rapidly subbing players in and out as the second half wore on. He said that was the product of a three-game week.

“Some guys really stepped up,” said Brunelli. “Some role players have come in and worked. We were hoping to get them in a little sooner in the season. It just didn’t happen.”

                              1    2      3       4       FINAL
S. WAYNE           14  14     18     11        57
WEBB                 21  18     16     32        87

S. WAYNE — Andrew Matthews 1, Ronell Outlaw 13, Tavon Smith 1, Jaylen Roberts 7, Jamiel Price 12, Tarvis Outlaw 8, Marquail Rodderick 6, Tyaire Allen 2, Drake Shaw 2, Xzavier Pearsall 2, Kalvin Thornton 2, Maurice Butler 2
WEBB — Isaiah Hicks 21, Devonte Williams 3, Tyrek Beverly 12, Stefan Cates 24, Mitron Terry 16, Tyler Thomas 4, Bryan Smith 1, Mack Lyon 2, Tony Bowden 2, Dashawn Lewis 2

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