No. 4. Chambers ends long losing streak against No. 3 North Meck


Chambers High School, plain and simple, was tired of losing to North Mecklenburg.

So even after trailing 10 points in the first quarter, the Cougars were determined to end a nearly nine-year losing streak against their conference rivals.

Led by South Carolina rookie Daniel Sanford, the Cougars rallied to win 84-74 in overtime.

“I knew that coming into this game it would be an air fight,” said Sanford. “I had to be the only one to step up for my team. “

Vikings goaltender Jordan Crawford finished the game with 25 points, and Sanford knew that heading into this game his team was going to have to keep Crawford tight the entire game.

“They are a good transition team on the fastbreak,” Sanford said. “They do it by finding Jordan (Crawford) so we knew we had to contain Jordan and not let him get the ball back once we got it out of his hands.”

This game may have been a preview of the NC 4A State Playoffs as both teams are well trained and have a lot of talent in both teams.

Northern Mecklenburg is No. 3 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 survey, one place ahead of Chambers.

And the victory meant a lot to the underdogs.

“I don’t even have the words to describe it,” Cougar head coach Brian Frasier said. “Both teams played hard, the game ended in overtime and we just got the win.”

THREE WHO MADE THE DIFFERENCE

Daniel Sanford, Rooms: 36 points alone are enough to make the list, but Sanford has done more than just score basketball. His defense was the catalyst for Chambers’ return from a double-digit decline. He totaled four blocks in the game and forced a lot of stray passes by clogging the paint and not allowing anything easy at the bottom.

Jordan Crawford, Mecklenburg-North: Crawford, a College of Charleston rookie, finished with 25 points in an effective night at distance. His defense against Jaylen Curry was key for the Vikings to keep the game tight until the end.

Maurio Hanson, Rooms: While his score may not have been on par with his first zone teammate, Hanson contributed better to the glass than anyone on the floor by snatching rebounds and battling for second possession.

TO NOTE

â–ª Although he didn’t have the best scoring performance, Jaylen Curry had eight assists in the game, two in overtime to help wrap his team’s victory.

AND AFTER?

Chambers improves to 10-5 this year and 4-0 in conference as North Mecklenburg suffers only his second loss of the season, but falls to 3-1 in conference. Chambers will take on West Charlotte on January 11 while North Mecklenburg will take on Hopewell also on January 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Girls game summary

The Chambers varsity girls team managed to take out northern Mecklenburg 60-55 behind second-year guard Mila Holloway’s 22 point exit. She put her team on their backs when North Mecklenburg raced to take the lead after the first quarter.

The Cougars regained the lead in the second quarter and didn’t look back, although the Vikings would never leave, Chambers managed to keep them from regaining the lead.

“We had to make sure we played our game,” Holloway said. “Sometimes we had to slow down, but just make sure you listen to what the coach said.”

Langston Wertz Jr. is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked for the Observer since 1988. He’s covered everything from Final Fours and the NFL to video games and Britney Spears. Wertz – a West Charlotte High and UNC graduate – is the rare person who can answer “Charlotte” when you ask, “What city are you from.”
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