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WWAY's Tuesday night sports - December 17

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TUESDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

GIRLS BASKETBALL

TRASK 37 - WALLACE-ROSE HILL 36
SOUTH COLUMBUS 49 - GS FLOYD 32
CLINTON 99 - PENDER 41
WEST BRUNSWICK 53 - S BRUNSWICK 42
MCKENZIE BENTON HAD 15 POINTS FOR TROJANS
WEST BLADEN 63 - UNION 37
TAYLOR STEPHENS LED THE KNIGHTS WITH 24 POINTS
EAST BLADEN 66 - MIDWAY 31
LACEY SUGGS SCORED 21 POINTS FOR THE EAGLES, ASHA GRAHAM ADDED 20
ASHLEY 62 - NEW HANOVER 54 ** click icon to see video
LANEY 47 - TOPSAIL 20

BOYS BASKETBALL

TRASK 55 - WALLACE-ROSE HILL 53
TITANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED
HOGGARD 54 - PINECREST 42
XAVIER JOHNSON LED THE VIKINGS WITH 13 POINTS
MIDWAY 72 - EAST BLADEN 54
JAQUAN JONES HAD 22 POINTS FOR THE EAGLES
WEST BLADEN 48 - UNION 33
MALCOLM VAUGHT LED THE KNIGHTS WITH 18 POINTS
CALVARY 51 - WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN 42
SOUTH COLUMBUS 57 - GREEN SEA FLOYDS 41
CLINTON 82 - PENDER 73
WEST BRUNSWICK 64 - SOUTH BRUNSWICK 32
GRAY CHEERS LED THE TROJANS WITH 14 POINTS, OJ HILL ADDED 10
NEW HANOVER 73 - ASHLEY 53 ** click icon to see video
WILDCATS REMAIN UNDEFEATED
RIDELL CAMIDGE & SHAWN ROBINSON BOTH SCORED 15
LANEY 74 - TOPSAIL 41 ** click icon to see video
KIRBY KEALON LED THE BUCS WITH 15 POINTS

WWAY recognized the New Hanover boys basketball team on Tuesday with our team of the week award. Check out the presentation here http://www.wwaytv3.com/full-court-press for the WWAY Full Court Riegelwood Federal Credit Union team of the week presentation. Once you click, just scroll down to the team of the week section.

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ORANGEBURG, SC (AP) - Adama Adams scored 18 points and Daryll Palmer added 13 with nine rebounds as South Carolina State held off Coastal Carolina 83-78 Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs (3-7) broke an early 7-all tie as Karon Wright drained a 3-pointer to ignite a 25-9 run in the first half, coasting to a 43-25 advantage at the break.

Coastal Carolina (5-6) trailed by 20 early in the second half but wouldn't fold easily, crawling back with a 30-14 surge to make the score 64-60 with 5:17 remaining. SC State countered with a quick 8-2 run, capped off by a Palmer dunk.

The Chanticleers cut the deficit to two with 18 seconds left following a Warren Gillis 3-pointer and two Josh Cameron free throws, but Jalen White hit three free throws to ice the game.

Matthew Hezekiah had 14 points for SC State.

Cameron paced Coastal Carolina with 22 points and Gillis had 16.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Note: David Pellom is a graduate of New Hanover High School

NEW YORK (AP) -- Casey Prather scored 22 points, including Florida's last eight of the game, and the 16th-ranked Gators beat No. 15 Memphis 77-75 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

Prather made two free throws with 27 seconds left to give Florida (8-2) a 77-73 lead. Shaq Gooodwin made two free throws with 19 seconds left to bring Memphis (7-2) within 77-75.

Florida's Scottie Wilbekin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17 seconds left giving the Tigers a chance for the tie or win.

After calling a timeout with 10.8 seconds to go, Memphis' Joe Jackson drove to the basket but his shot was partially blocked and the clock ran out.

Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points for the Gators and Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II both had 11.

Jackson had 17 points for Memphis, which had a six-game winning streak snapped, while Geron Johnson had 13 and Chris Crawford and David Pellom both had 12.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW Head Volleyball Coach Amy Bambenek has announced the promotion of Assistant Coach AJ Bonetti to Associate Head Coach with the program.

“AJ has been an important piece to the growth of our program these past five years,” said Bambenek. “He has shown a lot of dedication and countless hours in the office with the goal of developing our players to ensure they maximize every opportunity.

“One of the biggest impacts AJ has made is in recruiting. In a short amount of time, he has made a lot of club and high school connections and always has his ear to the ground to identify new talent. He is well known throughout the Wilmington community and represents the best of our program. I’m very excited for AJ and the future of Seahawk volleyball.”

An assistant coach with the Seahawks for the past five seasons, Bonetti has played a key role in the turnaround of the program.

The Mechanicsburg, Pa., product has helped the Seahawks record double-digit victories in four of his five seasons in the Port City, highlighted by an outstanding 2013 season that saw the squad post a 20-10 overall record and reach the 20-win milestone for just the eighth time in program history. The Seahawks captured three regular season tournament titles and earned a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships for the first time since 2000, advancing to the semifinals before falling to tournament finalist Northeastern.

Bonetti has also been instrumental in player development. Senior Christi Laite became just the second player in school history to earn All-CAA accolades on three occasions when she was a First-Team All-CAA selection in November. Freshman Nicole Lott was the first rookie in school history to earn both All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie Team honors, while sophomore Meredith Peacock garnered Second-Team All-CAA honors after leading the league and ranking among the top 10 players in the nation in blocks per set.

“I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from Coach Bambenek and the Athletic Department at UNCW,” Bonetti said. “It is a humbling honor, and it is always appreciated that your efforts are noticed by those whom you respect and admire. I am grateful to continue to work with Coach Bambenek, Athletic Director Jimmy Bass and all the incredible student-athletes we have here. UNCW is a special place with incredible student-athletes and I look forward to continuing to help this program reach its goals of winning championships in the CAA."

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