Area sports briefs: Spears a champ

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 26, 2012

From staff reports
Shamari Spears (Salisbury) scored 18 points in 24 minutes in Sunday’s deciding playoff game that gave the London Lightning the inaugural championship of the National Basketball League of Canada.
Spears, who played at Boston College and Charlotte, shot 7-for-12 from the floor as the Lightning beat the Halifax Rainmen 116-92 to win the title series three games to two.
Believe it or not, the Salisbury-North Rowan rivalry was alive and well north of the border.
North grad Bryan McCullough, who starred at UNC Asheville and played for years overseas, came off the bench for the Rainmen and hit his only field-goal try — a 3-pointer.
Donte Minter (West Rowan) is averaging 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in Holland’s pro league.
Junior Hairston (West) played in both Finland and Iceland this season. He averaged 19.2 points and 13.3 rebounds after joining a squad in Iceland in January.
Carlos Dixon (South Rowan) is averaging 17.0 points. His season continues in Japan.
Donald Rutherford (Catawba) averaged 21.0 points and 8.0 boards in Denmark’s pro league.
College baseball
Micah Jarrett (East Rowan) went 1-for-3 on Sunday in UNC Wilmington’s 4-0 win against VCU.
Jarrett had two hits in a 5-4 loss to the Rams on Saturday. He’s only started three games, but he’s batting .353 for the Seahawks (12-11).
Charlotte’s Corbin Shive (East) went 1-for-3 and scored the only run for the 49ers in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Rhode Island. The 49ers fell to 12-12.
Belmont Abbey’s Caleb Shore (South Rowan) drove in a run in Sunday’s 20-0 win against Pfeiffer.