BY CALE COLOSIMO
Correspondent Chapel Hill N&O
At East Chapel Hill Friday night, the host Wildcats took the nightcap over rival Chapel Hill, 55-40 in the boys’ game.
The East Chapel Hill boys (4-0) swept the series over Chapel Hill thanks to a game-high 30 points from Carter Collins, 19 of which came in the second half.
“A lot of Carter Collins in the second half,” said coach Ray Hartsfield on why his team pulled away after only leading by four at the break. “He just took the game over. He’s that kind of player, that kind of a talent.”
Chapel Hill came within a single possession late in the third quarter, but then Collins went off to extend his team’s lead. Collins opened the fourth quarter with five straight points to put the Wildcats ahead by double digits, and the Tigers were unable to get any closer.
Elijah Haynes led the Tigers (2-3) with 19 points. Haynes came out on fire, scoring his team’s first 11 points of the game. He cooled off some as the game wore on, and his teammates were unable to pick up the slack in scoring.
“(Elijah) can shoot it everywhere,” said Hartsfield. “We wanted him to shoot tough shots. We cooled him down a little bit as the game went on. We wanted to wear him down and push him a little further out and get him out of his range.”
Photo by Jim Kenny