Off To States

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

— It had been 29 years since North Caro­line High’s boys’ bas­ket­ball team won the re­gion cham­pi­onship and earned a spot in the state tour­na­ment.

It took all of about 29 sec­onds Satur­day for the Bull­dogs to state their claim that they would be tak­ing this year’s Class 2A East Re­gion ti­tle from last year’s winner, Har­ford Tech.

The first half minute of the game saw se­nior Joey Adams make a steal, go coast-to-coast for a bas­ket, and Tynez Warner sink a 3-pointer. The 5-2 lead be­came a 15-2 start within min­utes be­fore the Bull­dogs’ rau­cous sell­out crowd.

North Caro­line kept the in­ten­sity high all game, and blew the Co­bras out 82-51. The Bull­dogs never trailed. They never wa­vered. They dom­i­nated.

Caro­line (18-6) will face River Hill, Fri­day in the state semi­fi­nals at the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Xfin­ity Cen­ter.

“Un­fin­ished busi­ness,” Bull­dogs head coach Steve Perry said af­ter trounc­ing the Co­bras. “That was our theme all year. I coached here for 10 years be­fore, and that is why I came back for this mo­ment.

“This re­gion ti­tle is only part of what we want,” Perry added. “We still have work to do. The kids played out­stand­ing tonight, and have been all year. I believe in them, and they believe in each other.”

Adams put on a show in the first half, scor­ing 24 points by half­time, which equaled Har­ford Tech’s

out­put. Adams hit for two first-half 3s, and when the Co­bras pressed Adams, he streaked by for bas­kets in the lane.

Har­ford Tech’s guards could not pen­e­trate by Adams and David Bai­ley. Con­sec­u­tive steals by Adams led to layups and a 38-20 lead. Bai­ley’s re­bound­ing sparked the fast-break, and he helped in­crease the lead to 20 when he grabbed a re­bound and found Ken­dron Way­man for a layup.

“Ev­ery­body is play­ing to­gether. I love it,” Adams said. “I love that brother­hood. It means a lot to bring the re­gion ti­tle back to North Caro­line.

“We love play­ing in front of this crowd, this com­mu­nity,” Adams added. “The crowd was awe­some tonight. They bring that ex­tra spark.”

When Adams had a rare miss, Cam­eran Brown cleaned up on the boards. He grabbed 15 re­bounds, in­clud­ing eight on the of fen­sive glass. He also chipped in 10 points in the paint.

“That was the best game Cam­eran played,” Perry said. “Cam stepped up big for us.”

In the se­cond half, Adams switched roles from a shooter to a passer. He con­trolled the clock and dished to Ja’Mion Franklin (nine points) and Way­man (12 points) for easy scores. He reg­is­tered eight of his team-high 10 as­sists in the se­cond half.

“Joey is a ball player,” Perry said. “He loves to play the game. The sky is the limit for that young man. I’m glad I got him on my team.”

Adams said his team­mates help take the pres­sure off, which keeps other teams off bal­ance.

“One game I could score a lot, and the next I could have a lot of as­sists,” Adams said. “I trust ev­ery­body. They trust me.

“David (eight points) and Tynez (eight points) are great shoot­ers,” Adams added. “We got Ja’Mion, Ken­dron and Cam work­ing down low. They all make big plays. They have done it all sea­son, and did it tonight.”

By the fourth quar­ter, a Franklin layup from Adams, and a coast-to-coast layup by Adams in­creased the Bull­dog lead to 68-37. Bai­ley and Way­man each con­verted in the paint af­ter of­fen­sive re­bounds to in­crease the lead to 35 points.

With four min­utes left, Way­man scored on a post move to give North Caro­line its largest lead at 80-43. From there, Perry took his starters out to a stand­ing ova­tion from the sell­out crowd.

“All year, our coach has been telling us to work hard,” Brown said. “He be­lieved we could be here. Tonight, we all had the same men­tal­ity — just go out there, leave it all out on the court and do what we got to do. It feels good to go across the water and be play­ing at the Univer­sity of Mary­land.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT North Caro­line High se­nior Joey Adams cuts down the net af­ter the Bull­dogs de­feated Har­ford Tech, 82-51, on Satur­day to win the Class 2A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship. Adams scored 30 points in the vic­tory.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT North Caro­line High play­ers and coaches cel­e­brate the Class 2A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship af­ter de­feat­ing Har­ford Tech, 82-51, on Satur­day.

North Caro­line High stu­dents Chloe Ker­stet­ter, Hope Blan­ket­ship, Han­nah Cantwell and Emily Cantwell cel­e­brate af­ter the Bull­dogs won the 2A East Re­gion Ti­tle.

North Caro­line High’s stu­dent sec­tion cheers on the Bull­dogs dur­ing the 2A East Re­gion Ti­tle Satur­day, March 3.

North Caro­line’s Cam­eran Brown scores on a re­verse layup against Har­ford Tech Satur­day, March 3.

North Caro­line’s Joey Adams glides in for a layup against Har­ford Tech Satur­day, March 3.

North Caro­line’s Tynez Warner scores in the paint against Har­ford Tech Satur­day, March 3.

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