Walker, a 7-footer, scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked 8 shots in the championship game. He set the tone for the contest in the first quarter as Vance repeatedly challenged him but he sent 5 shots back right at them.
After showing a soft touch and small arsenal of offense, Walker came up with one of the biggest plays of the game as he corralled a traffic rebound that helped seal the deal with under a minute to play.
Actually, New Hanover received huge plays from nearly everyone on their roster. Football standout George Bryan had 2 buckets and a key steal late; senior guard James Beatty hit a huge jumper and guards Cedric Baker and Rakeem Wilson made plays down the stretch.
Andy Poplin proved his team had what it took to be a title contender when it played Oak Hill to a single point. Against Kinston, his senior wings simply wouldn't be denied.
Dee Bost and Lance Lewis combined as Concord knocked off a deep Kinston team 85-79 at Reynolds Coliseum. Bost scored 27 and Lewis 16. Bost was the MVP in both the football and basketball state title games.
The boys at Burlington Cummings have a stranglehold on the 2-A bracket. For the second year in a row they cut down the nets at the Dean E. Smith Center on championship Saturday.
Dwight Jones, a North Carolina football recruit, captured his second straight MVP award in the game. He had 23 and 16 rebounds. Cummings' cupboard is by no means bear. Freshman James Terrell scored 12 points and showed why the state's Class of 2010 is so strong.
Terrell, an excellent looking prospect, can strokes 3s and he's got the kind of body that could go shoot up in a heartbeat.
Starmount, which earned its way to the game by virtue of an overtime win the week before, rallied late. Victor Davila led the way with 18 points. VCU head coach Anthony Grant made the trip down from Richmond to see him as did Appalachian State.
Thomasville, one of the most athletic teams in the state, won its 5th title since 1998 as it defeated North Edgecombe 86-76.
Chris Woods was the MVP of the game as he scored 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bulldogs.