North Meck Pulls It Out

In a tight match-up throughout, North Mecklenburg and Fayetteville Westover had the best finals of the four games played in Chapel Hill on Saturday. Two evenly matched squads, Westover and North Meck were tied at 31 at the half and 59 at the end of regulation.

The Vikings of North Mecklenburg pulled it out in the extra frame, however, despite some adversity. North Mecklenburg won the overtime period 9-6 without the services of their three top players. Jamie Skeen, C.J. Young, and Ben Stywall all fouled out in regulation or at the beginning of the extra period.

Skeen, a junior Wake Forest commitment, was the game's MVP with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Stywall who scored 21 was named North Meck's most outstanding player while Westover's most outstanding player was Eric Maynor. The sparkplug guard scored 25, collected five steals, and brought down 12 boards in Saturday's state championship.

While Jamie Skeen's 14 rebounds are commendable, the North Mecklenburg coaching staff was also sure to give C.J. Young plenty of credit after the game. The junior forward pulled down nine rebounds on Saturday, helping North Meck to a 43-39 rebounding advantage. "Jamie had 14 and [C.J. Young] had nine," Coach Duane Lewis said. "23 of our 43 rebounds."

The state championship was North Mecklenburg's goal coming into their 2004-2005 season and to accomplish their goal gives the Vikings reason to celebrate. "We're just glad to come out of here with a victory, our first state championship for North Meck," Coach Duane Lewis said. "We're going to celebrate this."

Forward Jamie Skeen agreed. "It feels good," Skeen said. "Me at the end, [I was] jumping around on the court. I never jump around like that. I was so happy."

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