Boys: NHHS 53, Ashley 52
The lead between Ashley and New Hanover changed 15 times and the score was tied nine times Tuesday. The final tie came at 46-46 late in the game.
But the Wildcats pulled out to a four-point lead a bit later and were clinging to a 53-52 lead with 3.3 seconds to play. Ashley's Tyre' Gathright missed the first shot of a one-and-one and New Hanover rebounded to hold on.
"Eleven days off hurt us," New Hanover coach Kirk Angel said. "That's a great road win for a young bunch.
"We executed at times and at times we didn't. With a young team like that, it happens."
Jake Stinnett poured in 17 points for the Eagles, including a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining that set up the final chance for an Ashley win.
New Hanover got a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds from Brian Howell.
Gathright's night will be more remembered for his 25 points. And teammate Alex Highsmith pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
"We battled all night," Ashley coach Webster Guthrie said. "I thought, for the most part all night, we're the tougher team.
"I thought for the most part we executed very well tonight. We handled pressure very well tonight."
The young Wildcats are now 5-2 in conference play and 12-5 overall. The Eagles fall to 8-9 and 4-4.
Reprinted from the Starnews Online.