Early hole does Northern in; Chapel Hill wins 59-48

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 08:28 PM

Northern Vance equaled Chapel Hill’s scoring output, 42, in the final three quarters combined Wednesday, but the Vikings fell in an early hole and couldn’t recover in a 59-48 loss.

Northern scored the first six points of the game, but trailed 17-6 entering the second period. The loss leaves the Vikings with their backs against the walls in the race for the 3-A Carolina Conference’s final playoff spot.

“We got better as the game went on but we were flat and allowed them to get control of the game,” said Baskett. “I would rather have lost by 25 to Webb again last night and shown up and played tonight like it was a must-win game.”

Baskett said Chapel Hill may have been playing faster than typical, partly because the Tigers were forced into it by the Vikings’ pressure defense. Chapel Hill entered the game giving up less than 40 points per contest and scoring under 50.

The Tigers controlled the paint, successfully crashing the offensive glass with regularity.

“They’re just getting second and third and fourth opportunities and we weren’t rebounding at all,” said Baskett.

Tavin Moore led Northern with 20 points and Le’Darius Brandon had 17.

Anthony Vanhook was the leader for Chapel Hill with 23 points.

The Vikings host Cardinal Gibbons on Friday for senior night.

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