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WWAY'S Thursday night sports - March 1; New Hanover holds off Millbrook in state playoffs

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY)- The New Hanover Wildcats survived a sloppy night on the basketball court on Thursday at the 4-A East Regionals in Fayetteville. Despite 20 turnovers New Hanover will play Hoke County in the finals of 4-A East Regionals on Saturday. Thomas Johnson led New Hanover with 16 points against Millbrook. Kadeem Allen added 15. Click play video to see our game highlights.

UNCW junior forward Keith Rendleman earned First Team All-CAA honors on Thursday night. We have more information posted on this achievement at the bottom of this page

HERE ARE THURDAY'S HIGH SCHOOL STATE PLAYOFF BASKETBALL SCORES
SOUTHSIDE GIRLS 48 - SE HALIFAX 31
LAKEWOOD GIRLS 64 - GOLDSBORO 63
CUTHBERTSON BOYS 74 - WEST STOKES 60
SHELBY BOYS 45 - EAST RUTHERFORDTON 40
HOKE COUNTY BOYS 49 - PINE FOREST 47
ALEX BRADLEY MISSED A THREE POINTER AT THE BUZZER FOR THE TROJANS
NEW HANOVER BOYS 42 - MILLBROOK 40
THOMAS JOHNSON HIT THE GAME WINNING SHOT WITH 9 SECONDS LEFT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER
NEW HANOVER WILL PLAY AT 4PM ON SATURDAY IN FAYETTEVILLE IN THE 4-A EAST FINALS AGAINST HOKE COUNTY

IN MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL FLORIDA STATE 63 BEAT VIRGINIA 63-60 ON THURSDAY
CLEMSON BEAT VIRGINIA TECH 58-56
UNC ASHEVILLE BEAT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 91-64 IN THE BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS
UNC ASHEVILLE WILL FACE VMI IN THE BIG SOUTH FINALS

THE ANNUAL CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT WILL TIP OFF TOMORROW IN RICHMOND
THE UNC WILMINGTON MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM WILL FACE JAMES MADISON TOMORROW AT NOON
TONIGHT AT THE CAA BANQUET UNCW JUNIOR KEITH RENDLEMAN WAS NAMED TO THE FIRST TEAM ALL-CAA SQUAD
UNCW FRESHMAN ADAM EARNED FIRST TEAM ALL-CAA ROOKIE HONORS TONIGHT
BRUISER FLINT WAS NAMED THE CAA'S COACH OF THE YEAR
RYAN PEARSON WAS NAMED THE CAA'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

IN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ASHLEY DEFEATED NEW HANOVER 9-4
CYRSTAL HARRELL & SCHAE DICKSON WERE BOTH 3 FOR 4 AT THE PLATE

IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL LANEY DEFEATED JACKSONVILLE 10-2
LANEY IS NOW 2-0 ON THE SEASON

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RICHMOND,VA (UNCW sports release) -- Junior forward Keith Rendleman was named First-Team All-Conference at the Colonial Athletic Association's post-season banquet Thursday, highlighting a night that also saw freshman Adam Smith and sophomore Tanner Milson collect special honors for the 2011-12 season.

Rendleman, a 6-8, 213-pound warrior for the Seahawks inside this year, emerged into one of the CAA's most versatile players in the paint. He became only the third player in school history to average a double double with 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds each game.

"Keith is very deserving of this honor," said Buzz Peterson, UNCW's second-year coach. "He got off to a great start and maintained that level throughout the year, even when opponents were keying on him. It's a tribute to his hard work in practice every day and the respect that other coaches in this league have for him."

Rendleman was a Second-Team preseason All-CAA pick before the season started, but moved up a notch when he turned into a double double machine for the Seahawks. The Iron Station, N.C., product racked up 16 double doubles, tying with ODU's Chris Cooper for the most in the conference.

The talented player ranks fifth in the CAA in scoring (15.6 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.539), second in rebounding (10.5 rpg) and 10th in blocks (1.1 bpg).

With 981 points and 443 rebounds in 91 career appearances, Rendleman needs just 19 points to become UNCW's 21st 1,000-point scorer. He is UNCW's 13th First-Team All-CAA pick and is the first top tier selection since T.J. Carter was voted to the elite squad in 2008.

Rendleman was joined in the All-CAA First-Team by Ryan Pearson (George Mason), Frantz Massenat (Drexel), Kent Bazemore (Old Dominion) and Bradford Burgess (VCU).

Smith, meanwhile, made a big splash in his first season with the Seahawks, ranking second on the team in scoring at 14.0 ppg. A native of Jonesboro, Ga., was the top freshman scorer in the CAA and reached double figures in 20 games, including a 32-point outburst just before Christmas at Wake Forest.

Smith, who scored 20 or more points six times, becomes UNCW's ninth selection to the All-Rookie squad and the first since Chad Tomko made the unit in 2008.

Milson was selected to the CAA's All-Academic Second-Team for his work in the classroom. The Business major played in all 29 games, making eight starts, and averaged 5.1 points and 1.3 rebounds.

UNCW tries to get its 28th appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championships off to a quick start when the No. 9 Seahawks take on No. 8 James Madison in the 2012 tourney opener Friday at Noon at the cavernous Richmond Coliseum.
The UNCW-JMU winner earns a quarterfinal date with regular season champion and No. 1 seed Drexel at Noon on Saturday.
Friday’s contest can be heard on the Seahawk Sports Network via Sunny 104.5 FM. Full tournament coverage is available on UNCWsports.com and CAAsports.com.
“Everyone comes into the tournament with a clean slate,” said Buzz Peterson, UNCW’s second-year coach. “You get that first win and you never know what happens from there.”
After closing out the regular season with a 93-64 loss at Hofstra, the Seahawks bring a 9-20 overall record and a 5-13 conference mark to Richmond, with hopes of claiming their fifth CAA title and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth.
The Dukes finished up their campaign at 12-19 and an identical 5-13 CAA record, but hold the higher tournament seed after defeating the Seahawks, 69-61, back on Jan 18 in the only meeting between the squads this season.
Junior forward Keith Rendleman is trying to build on a remarkable season where he has anchored the UNCW offense with 15.6 markers and 10.5 boards a game. Freshman Adam Smith gives the Seahawks a pair of double figure scorers at 14.0 points per contest.
”We expect JMU to surround him and double team him in the post again,” said Peterson. “We need Keith to get touches and score inside.”
Three upperclassmen power the Dukes, topped by junior guard A.J. Davis at 16.2 points per game. Senior playmaker Humpty Hitchens is scoring 15.0 markers a contest and has added 108 assists. Junior forward Andrey Semenov rounds out trio, averaging 10.3 points and a team high 4.8 rebounds per contest.
In JMU’s victory earlier this season against the Seahawks, it was Hitchens who led the charge with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including a 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc. Davis added 18 points, while freshman forward Enoch Hood chipped in 14. The trio combined for all but 10 of the Dukes’ 69 points in the contest. Rendleman grabbed 12 markers and 17 boards, but UNCW could not overcome Hitchens’ clutch shooting down the stretch.
The Seahawks own a 31-23 overall record in CAA Tournament games, but have lost in the opening round four of the last five years since winning the tournament in 2006. UNCW is 25-18 in since the championships moved to Richmond in 1990.
UNCW has posted a 4-2 mark against JMU in the tournament and has taken three straight from the Dukes. The last matchup was a 44-41 first-round victory by the Seahawks on March 5, 2004, en route to an appearance in the semifinals.
JMU has claimed four of the past five matchups, but UNCW still has a 32-29 record all-time against the Harrisonburg, Va., team.

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