Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vance upsets No. 1 Hopewell boys

Vance High pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season Tuesday night, beating Sweet 16 No. 1 Hopewell 56-52.

Hopewell fell to 21-1 overall and 10-1 in the I-MECK conference and must beat arch rival North Meck at home Thursday to win the conference championship outright.

Hopewell is ranked No. 1 in two N.C. 4A statewide polls.

It was the Titans first loss to Mecklenburg County team in two years. Hopewell had won 38 straight games against conference competition. It was their first loss in the regular season since the 2007-08 season.

Vance (16-5, 8-3), No. 5 in the Sweet 16, grabbed a 17-point third quarter lead behind the strong play of nationally ranked junior guard Marquis Rankin and sophomore Braxton Ogbueze. Rankin missed Monday’s 49-40 loss at No. 3 Lake Norman with an eye injury.

Hopewell coach Eric Davis said he dominated Tuesday’s game.

“Marquis was really good and Braxton was really good,” Davis said. “We cut the lead to three on several occasions but we dug ourselves too big of a hole. We couldn’t get over the hump.”

Vance finishes its regular-season Thursday at West Charlotte. Davis said his team would on.

“We still have got biz to take care of,” Davis said. “We had a bunch of easy ones early and missed them and we had breakdowns on the defensive end, too, and to their credit, they’re a good team. Sometimes you’ve got to say we lost to a better team. They were better. I mean, it’s not like the teams we have been beating have been bad teams. But I think we’ll regroup.”


Anonymous said...

I believe an upset of this magnitude deserves more attention and at the very least, a PICTURE of the Vance Cougars in one of the greatest team efforts Charlotte has ever seen!!! I was so disappointed to see this article in the fold of the second to last page of the sports section!!

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind seeing a box score.

Anonymous said...

The coverage of high school basketball in this area is very BAD!….hint-hint. Why would you make a big deal out of the Vance win ( It is a big win), when there has not been much coverage of Hopewell’s accomplishments (#1 in the State)………..Look at the number of schools in the I-Meck that are listed in the top 10 of the NCHSAA. It is obvious that favoritism is around when selecting articles that are in the sports section, For example………a player from Forsyth Country Day (Winston Salem, NC area) has received more coverage/slide show,etc. than many of the local players here in Charlotte…...Who’s your daddy!

Anonymous said...

Great article about a very good game! I think High School basketball is well covered by the Observer.

Richard said...

Apparently, many of you have not read the sports sections from other metropolitan newspapers. Contrary to your complaints, the Observer does a pretty good job of covering the local high schools. As far as the box scores are concerned, it is the responsibility of the home school to call in the box scores.

Anonymous said...

To me it seems a little funny that the games Vance lost in conference play against Lake Norman and Hopewell had so much detail within it. But when Vance wins a huge game to knock off a undefeated team that is ranked #1 in two 4A state polls get such weak coverage with no box score to show the public how Rankin and Braxton had their way with them is crazy. Rankin showed the city of Charlotte why the ACC wants him...