Area Sports Briefs
From staff and wire reports
A Saturday coin toss finalized the pairings for the Sam Moir Christmas Classic that will start on Thursday at Catawba.
South Rowan won that coin toss, administered by the Post and witnessed by West Rowan coaches, for the No. 3 boys seed. South had the same record as Carson, which gets the No. 4 seed. The teams did not meet head-to-head.
West Rowan’s girls and Davie’s boys are the top seeds.
Pairings for the first day of the event are:
Noon — 5. Davie (6-5) vs. 4. North Rowan (4-2), girls
1:30 p.m. — 5. East Rowan (4-6) vs. 4. Carson (5-5), boys
3 p.m. — 6. Salisbury (4-4) vs. 3. East Rowan (7-3), girls
4:30 p.m. — 6. Salisbury (3-5) vs. 3. South Rowan (5-5), boys
6 p.m. — 7. South Rowan (3-7) vs. 2. Carson (9-1), girls
7:30 p.m. — 7. West Rowan (2-8) vs. 2. North Rowan (6-2), boys
The first-day pairings include “doubleheaders” for the East Rowan, Salisbury and South Rowan squads.
Action continues with six more games on Friday. Six games also are set for Saturday, including the championship games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission is $7 daily.
Salisbury’s girls have won nine straight tournament championships. North’s boys are defending champs.
• Cox Mill will host the CMC-NorthEast Holiday Classic on Dec. 27-29.
A.L. Brown’s girls open the tournament on Thursday with a 10 a.m. game against Butler.
A.L. Brown’s boys play Sun Valley at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.
• The top seeded boys team for the Statesville Record & Landmark Holiday Tournament is Statesville.
• The New Bridge Classic tourney involving most of the Davidson County schools starts on Wednesday at Ledford.
• A.L. Brown’s girls topped Central Cabarrus 59-48 in SPC action on Friday.
Mackenzie Rodgers scored 13 points to lead the Wonders.
Aitana Grant and Biana Moody scored 11 each. Tiera Grier scored 10.
• Akela Branch scored 20 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for Albemarle in a 64-45 loss to North Stanly.
Salisbury Academy’s varsity girls split two games in the Forsyth Country Day Christmas Tournament.
The Jaguars beat First Christian of Kernersville 25-13 and lost to First Assembly of Winston-Salem 35-32.
Juliana Anderson, Jordan McCall and Maria Capito were the scoring leaders in both games.
Anderson and Jenny Kribbs led the team in rebounding and steal. Samantha Pritchard and Madison Day were defensive standouts.
•Salisbury Academy’s varsity boys won 61-53 against First Assembly of Winston-Salem in a tournament game.
Carter Cook scored 17 points. Marcus Corry had 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Andrew Kalogeromitros had 13 points and five steals for the Jaguars (3-2).
Salisbury Academy advanced to the championship game.
ECU falls to Minutemen
AMHERST, Mass. — Chaz Williams posted a season-high 26 points and matched a career-best with 11 assists as Massachusetts won its fourth straight game, defeating East Carolina 88-81 Saturday.
Terrell Vinson and Jesse Morgan had 15 points apiece and Freddie Riley added 14.
Williams hit a career-high 15 free throws on 16 attempts for UMass (7-3), which went 26 of 31 from the line as a team.
UMass led by as many as 17 points, 75-58, with 5:41 left to play but East Carolina (7-3) outscored the Minutemen 19-5 over the next four minutes to cut the deficit to 80-77 with 1:06 remaining.
Williams made eight free throws in the final minute for UMass and East Carolina missed five of its last six shots from the field as the Minutemen pulled away.
Maurice Kemp had 21 for East Carolina, which held a slight 34-32 rebounding edge but committed a season-high 20 turnovers