Each of guard Eric Maynor's 40 points contributed to Fayetteville Westover's 99-88 win over New Hanover Saturday in the Eastern Regional Final, but none were more important than the game tying points scored on a three-point play late in the fourth quarter.
"I wasn't going to take the three, I knew I was going to draw the contact," explained Maynor. "I've always been told that big time ballplayers step up in big time games, so I wasn't really thinking about [making the foul shot]. I was just trying to ice the free throw."
Things weren't so positive early on for the Wolverines. At the end of each of the first three quarters, New Hanover led by at least nine points.
"For three quarters we kept them from doing what they normally do well," stated New Hanover head coach Linc Lyles. "They didn't get a lot of picks and steals. In the end they just made great plays."
Maynor's heroics earned him Eastern Regional Tournament MVP honors.
Graves the X-Factor
In one of the more anticipated match-ups of the regional tournaments, conference rivals Greensboro Dudley and Kernersville Glenn meet for what turned out to be a very close game until forward William Graves connected on three late fourth quarter shots deep behind the arc.
"Will and I had a long talk before this game," explained Dudley head coach David Price. "He explained to me what he had to do. He was patient; he didn't try to force anything."
The well-coached Glenn squad kept the game close by employing a 3-2 zone that quickly collapsed when Dudley forward Kevin Swinton received the ball. Although it limited the Wake Forest signee's production early on, Swinton remained poised and still ended the game with 25 points.
"It's not really frustrating because on the average night I have two or three people hanging on me," stated Swinton. "Coach told us that from the beginning they would try to get in our heads, but to just keep our composure."
Dudley moves on to the State Championship game for the fourth time in nine years.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
At Chapel Hill, Dean E. Smith Center
Class AA women: noon
Southwest Edgecombe (29-1) vs. East Rutherford (24-5)
Class AA men: 2:30 p.m.
Warren County (22-9) vs. Pisgah (28-0)
Class AAAA women: 5 p.m.
Raleigh Broughton (23-4) vs. Northern Durham (25-2)
Class AAAA men: 7:30 p.m.
Fayetteville Westover (29-1) vs. North Mecklenburg (30-1)
At Raleigh, Reynolds Coliseum
Class A women: noon
Weldon (27-1) vs. Thomasville (31-0)
Class A men: 2:30 p.m.
North Johnson (21-7) vs. Thomasville (27-2)
Class AAA women: 5 p.m.
High Point Central (30-1) vs. Asheville (31-0)
Class AAA men: 7:30 p.m.
Greensboro Dudley (28-3) vs. Shelby Crest (24-5)