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THUNDER VARSITY WIN 2nd STRAIGHT NCHEAC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Feb 24, 2018 10:20 PM
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REPEAT STATE CHAMPIONS

The South Charlotte Thunder varsity basketball team earned their 2nd straight NCHEAC state championship with victories over the Durham Flight in the semifinal game and the Forsyth Hawks in the championship game.

In the semifinal game, the Thunder left the court at halftime to faint chants of "overrated" in the stands as they were down 28-24. However, in the second half, the Thunder turned up the intensity and grounded the Flight, winning the second half 39-20 and finishing with a 63-48 victory. Thomas Hailey dominated inside with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kamin Bond and Isaiah Abbott added 13 points each, and Josh Hailey contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds.

In the championship game, the Thunder faced West Region rival, the Forsyth Hawks. After a hard fought first half, the Thunder were up 33-30 at the half. However, the Thunder turned up the defense and outscored a talented Hawks team by a score of 18-3. In the end, the Thunder came away with a 66-54 victory to claim their 2nd straight state title. Senior Josh Hailey led the way with 17 points. Seniors Matt Broussard and Isaiah Abbott scored 11 points each, while Thomas Hailey, Timothy Johnson, and Kamin Bond added 7 points each. Micah Johnson contributed 4 points, and Alex South 2 points.

Thomas Hailey averaged a double-double and earned tournament MVP. Other all tournament players for the Thunder were Kamin Bond and Josh Hailey.

The South Charlotte Thunder varsity finished the year with a 22-5 record, winning the NCHEAC West Region regular season with an undefeated conference record, winning the NCHEAC West Regional tournament, and winning the NCHEAC state championship.

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