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Prep Basketball tournament week: CCC scheduled to start Monday

From staff reports

Salisbury’s basketball teams are scheduled to begin CCC tournament play at home on Monday.

Salisbury’s fourth-seeded girls (5-19, 3-7) take on fifth-seeded Lexington (5-15, 2-8) at 6 p.m.

The teams split their regular-season games. Salisbury couldn’t hold a lead and lost at home 51-48 but made up for it with a decisive 49-27 win at Lexington.

Salisbury is very young, mostly sophomores and freshmen, so the future is brighter than the present.

If Salisbury wins, it will play No. 1 seed East Davidson in a semifinal on Wednesday. Lexington is the host for CCC semifinals on Wednesday and Thursday and the championship games on Friday.

• Salisbury’s third-seeded boys (15-9, 5-5) take on No. 6 seed East Davidson (2-21, 0-10) at 7:30 p.m. in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader.

Salisbury routed East Davidson 87-36 earlier in the season, although East Davidson played much better in the rematch and led for a while before losing to the Hornets 89-66.

If Salisbury wins, it will  play Thursday  at Lexington at 7:30 p.m. against the second-seeded Yellow Jackets (19-4, 9-1).

Salisbury’s boys are a certain playoff team, either via their top-three finish in the league or as a wild card, based on their overall record, if one of the underdogs wins the CCC tournament.

• As the league’s No. 2 seed, North Rowan’s girls  (13-6, 8-2) have a bye into the semifinals.

The Cavaliers will play at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Lexington gym against the winner of Monday’s Thomasville-West Davidson game.

North Rowan won the tournament championship last season by upsetting East Davidson at Lexington.

• North Rowan’s boys also are defending tournament champions.

The Cavaliers (16-5, 9-1) tied for the regular-season championship with Lexington for the second straight season and won the draw for the No. 1 seed.

The Cavaliers will play in a 7:30 p.m. semifinal on Wednesday at Lexington against the winner of Monday’s Thomasville-West Davidson matchup.

• If weather wipes out Monday, Monday’s scheduled games will be made up on Tuesday.

• First-round games are $5. Semifinals and finals are $6.

SPC

First-round games are scheduled for Tuesday at the home of the higher-seeded team.

That means a lot of solo games. Hickory Ridge will host a doubleheader, but the rest of Tuesday’s games will be singles with  a suggested start time of 6 p.m. The cost is $5.

Tuesday’s girls games are eighth-seeded Concord (6-17, 3-13) at No. 1 South Rowan (17-6, 14-2); seventh-seeded Cox Mill (5-19, 4-12) at  No. 2 East Rowan (20-3, 13-3); sixth-seeded Central Cabarrus (11-12, 8-8) at No. 3 Hickory Ridge (18-5, 13-3), and  No. 5 West Rowan (10-14, 8-8) at No. 4 Carson (12-12, 9-7).

South Rowan, East Rowan, Hickory Ridge and Carson swept the regular-season matchups against their lower-seeded opponents.

Carson won 54-38 and 62-48 against the Falcons.

• Tuesday’s first-round games are  No. 5 seed Carson (10-14, 7-9) at No. 4 West Rowan (13-11, 9-7); No. 6 seed East Rowan (9-14, 5-11) at No. 3 Concord (17-7, 12-4), No. 7 seed South Rowan (7-16, 5-11) at Hickory Ridge (19-4, 14-2), and No. 8 seed Northwest Cabarrus (4-17, 3-13) at No. 1 seed Cox Mill (18-6, 14-2).

The South Rowan-Hickory Ridge boys game should start at 7:30 p.m. after the Hickory Ridge-Central Cabarrus girls game.

East Rowan’s boys lost 71-51 and 72-70 to Concord in the regular season.

Carson beat West Rowan twice in the regular season in league games, while   the Falcons beat the Cougars in the Christmas tournament.

South Rowan’s boys lost 74-64 and 70-57 to Hickory Ridge.

• Boys semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with Hickory Ridge hosting.

Girls semifinals are scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with Hickory Ridge hosting.

Hickory Ridge will play the late game if it’s in the semifinals.

The cost for admission to the semifinals is $6. The cost for Friday’s championship games also is $6. Championship games will be played at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

MECKA

In the MECKA, A.L. Brown’s teams are both No. 5 seeds. They’ll play a doubleheader Monday against the fourth-seeded Hough teams. Hopewell is the tournament host.

A.L. Brown’s boys lost their first matchup with Hough 62-40, but won 57-56 at Hough late in the season.

A.L. Brown’s girls lost two close ones to Hough, by  45-40 and 49-48.

CPC

• The CPC tournament is scheduled to start Monday. Davie’s second-seeded girls will be home against Parkland.

The Davie boys will be on the road against No. 1 seed Reagan.

Davie’s girls won easily   both times against Parkland. Davie’s boys lost twice to Reagan, which struggled a bit late in the year.

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