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NCHSAA regional basketball schedule

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The NCHSAA released its schedule for next week's Eastern regional basketball championships, hosted by the Crown Coliseum and Crown Arena in Fayetteville.

This year, the 3A and 4A will play at the larger Crown Coliseum while 2A and 1A play at the Crown Arena. When the East regional came to Fayetteville two years ago, the NCHSAA played 2A with 4A, playing at the Coliseum in the first year and the Arena during the second. The idea, originally, was to continue alternating sites.

But what that led to last season was an overcrowded Crown Arena, particularly for a game between local teams Hoke County and Fayetteville Pine Forest where locals were turned away (see Fayetteville Observer column here: http://m.fayobserver.com/articles?path=/articles/2012/03/03/1161452).

This year, the larger schools get the larger venue.

Regional First Rounds

4A Men - Crown Coliseum
-No. 2 Broughton (25-5) vs No. 5 Hillside (21-7), 7 pm
-No. 1 Clayton (28-2) vs No. 3 Seventy-First (27-2), 8:30 pm
1A Women - Crown Arena
-No. 1 Riverside-Martin (28-1) vs No. 2 River Mill Academy (26-3), 7 pm
-No. 1 Lejeune (25-0) vs No. 3 East Columbus (20-5), 8:30 pm

Wednesday (7 & 8:30)
4A Women - Crown Coliseum
-No. 1 Millbrook (30-0) vs No. 6 Broughton (24-5), 7 pm
-No. 1 Southeast Raleigh (28-0) vs No. 2 Fayetteville Seventy-First (28-0), 8:30 pm
1A Men - Crown Arena
-No. 5 Rocky Mount Prep (22-3) vs. No. 10 Camden (21-7), 7 pm
-No. 1 East Carteret (24-5) vs. No. 11 Pamlico (14-12), 8:30 pm

3A Women - Crown Coliseum
-No. 1 Northern Guilford (29-1) vs No. 2 Chapel Hill (27-1), 7 pm
-No. 1 Eastern Wayne (28-1) vs No. 3 West Craven (25-5), 8:30 pm
2A Men - Crown Arena
-No. 1 Kinston (25-2) vs No. 7 Bunn (23-6), 7 pm
-No. 1 Jacksonville-Northside (25-3) vs No. 3 Fairmont (24-5), 8:30 pm

3A Men - Crown Coliseum
-No. 1 Rocky Mount (25-2) vs No. 3 West Craven (25-4), 7 pm
-No. 3 Eastern Alamance (25-5) vs No. 4 JF Webb (24-5), 8:30 pm
2A Women - Crown Arena
-No. 3 Kinston (24-4) vs No. 4 Bunn (23-6)
-No. 1 Jordan-Matthews (26-4) vs No. 11 (19-10)

Regional Championships
Saturday at noon
4A Men - Crown Coliseum
1A Women - Crown Arena

Saturday at 2 pm
4A Women - Crown Coliseum
1A Men - Crown Arena

Saturday at 4 pm
3A Women - Crown Coliseum
2A Men - Crown Arena

Saturday at 6pm
3A Men - Crown Coliseum
2A Women - Crown Arena

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J. Mike Blake has been the Sports Editor for The Cary News and Southwest Wake News since October 2008. He holds two "unofficial" NCHSAA records in two different sports - highest career free throw percentage (2-of-2) in basketball and fewest career singles victories (zero. sigh.) for tennis.