State champs! New Hanover wins 4-A title
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RALEIGH,NC (AP) -- Thomas Johnson scored 24 points and Kadeem Allen 21 as New Hanover County defeated West Charlotte 67-56 Saturday night to claim the Class 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship.

Allen was named the game's MVP as New Hanover (30-1) won its 14th state title and sixth at the 4-A level. Nigel Holley added 14 points for the Wildcats. Mark Blackmon led West Charlotte (27-6) with 20 points while Kennedy Meeks chipped in 14 points with 21 rebounds.

West Charlotte had been victorious in its last five trips to the state championship game, including a 78-69 win over Raleigh Millbrook in 2011. The Lions' only previous defeat in an NCHSAA state title game was in 1968, a 61-58 loss to New Hanover.

New Hanover shot 42.9 percent to West Charlotte's 31.9. West Charlotte won the rebounding battle 43-37, but committed 14 turnovers to the winners' 12.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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I watched the game on tv and I was absolutely blown away by the talent,intensity and athleticism of NHHS.NOBODY could guard # 5 Kadeem Allen.NHHS was not intimidated and I think enjoyed being the underdog.After their first big run in the first half,I knew they were on par with WC. # 40 from West Charlotte was a big boy but was not very agile and was just blocking out for put backs.The better team won.Great win for New Hanover County in general.

The New Hanover Wild Cats rocked the great State of North Carolina! Let the festivities begin!

Yeah!! New Hanover basketball team won State Championship tonight. I'm very proud of you guys, coaches, students who came out support the team and family members. The guys played hard tonight and I knew they were going to win. They played good ball just like pros. Congratulations on bringing the trophy back to NHHS! You guys really deserved it. To the Band members, cheerleaders and the Heritage Club..you all cheered your team on tonight. Very proud. (from a student mom) :)