NV / SV BB a Dead Heat

The Northern Vance and Southern Vance men’s varsity basketball teams are essentially tied after their two cross-town rival meetings.

Tuesday night on the Vikings’ home floor, Northern Vance defeated Southern Vance 64 to 60, behind a game-high 21 points from Kristopher Haywood.  James Alexander also scored in double figures with 10.  Marcus Harrison led three in double figures for Southern Vance with 17 points.  Justus Baldwin had 13 for the Raiders an Mark Baldwin added 10.

Just this past Friday night on the Raiders’ home floor, Southern Vance defeated Northern Vance 60 to 56, so each team has a win against the other, and the point difference is the same at four.

In Tuesday night’s game, Northern Vance led from the outset, going up by as many as 14 early in the second quarter.  The margin was 29 to 20 NV at halftime.  SV suffered from too many turnovers in the first half, 11, while NV only had 11 turnovers for the entire game.

SV shot 41 percent from beyond the three-point line, going 7 of 17 overall, and scoring 5 of the 7 threes in the second half.  SV closed to within two points a couple of times down the stretch.

The game was fast paced on the floor and exciting to watch.  WIZS broadcast the game live on 1450 AM and on prodwsl.wpengine.com.  The stands were packed.

Just prior to the men’s game, the NV and SV women’s varsity teams fought down to the wire with NV coming from behind and winning 60 to 55.

Our next WIZS live broadcast will be Dec. 19th and will feature the local ABA team, the Coyotes.  They play, as it turns out, at the home of the SV Raiders.

UNC vs Clemson; ACC Champ

Airtime on WIZS 1450 AM is 7:00 P.M.

The ACC Championship is tonight at 8:00 P.M. from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  Top-ranked Clemson and 10th-ranked North Carolina.

With all the offensive firepower that will take the field, both head coaches are talking about defense.

Specifically Tiger Coach Dabo Swinney  says turnovers are a definite factor in the game.  He said, “You don’t want to give a team like North Carolina a short field, and they don’t want to give us a short field.  So, the turnover margin, probably which defense can get the most stops, that’s probably the difference in the game.”

A Tiger win secures Clemson’s place in the College Football Playoff.

A UNC victory will give North Carolina its first ACC championship in 35 years, and possibly open a window to the football playoffs, if Alabama loses.

Tar Heel Coach Larry Fedora, who now has a new seven year deal with UNC, clearly says Clemson is better than any other opponent Carolina has faced this season.  He said, “This is the best offense we’ve faced this year, no doubt about it, and this is the best defense we have faced this year.  This is the best football team we have faced.  They are the number one team in the country, and they’ve been that way for how many weeks?  10 weeks?  A long time, as long as you guys can remember, so they’re really good.  They’re really good.”