The Freedom High boys' basketball team, the No.3 seed in the NCHSAA Class 3A Western Regional, defeated North Forsyth 76-59 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center Sunday afternoon.
The Patriots (30-1) broke out to a 21-5 lead early in the second period, and their advantage was never cut inside five points in a 76-59 victory that sent Freedom to its first state title game in nearly a generation.
Freedom outrebounded North Forsyth (22-9) by a tone-setting 15-5 margin in the opening period and 47-27 for the contest.
Gabe Logan led the Patriots with 20 points; Khris Gardinm, who buried a huge three in the regional semifinals against Weddington, finished with 11 points.
Freedom will be lookiing for its third state championship, and the first under head coach Casey Rogers, who was a point guard on Freedom's state title team in 1997-98. Ironically, that team was coached by Rogers' father, Terry.
The Patriots will play Wilson-Hunt in the state finals Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Wilson-Hunt defeated Hillborough-Orange, 66-60.
NCHSAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014
100th ANNUAL MENS NCHSAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
43rd ANNUAL WOMENS NCHSAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DEAN E.SMITH CENTER--UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
REYNOLDS COLISEUM NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, RALEIGH
CLASS AA women--noon
T.WINGATE ANDREWS HIGH SCHOOL RED RAIDERS (24-5) vs. BANDYS HIGH SCHOOL TROJANS (31-0)
CLASS AA men 2:30 p.m.
KINSTON HIGH SCHOOL VIKINGS (25-4) vs. NORTH ROWAN HIGH SCHOOL CAVALIERS (22-5)
CLASS AAAA women 5 p.m.
SOUTHEAST RALEIGH HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOGS (26-2) vs. MYERS PARK HIGH SCHOOL MUSTANGS (29-1)
CLASS AAAA men 7:30 p.m.
APEX HIGH SCHOOL COUGARS (22-7) vs. LAKE NORMAN HIGH SCHOOL WILDCATS (28-1)
At Chapel Hill
CLASS A women noon
RIVERSIDE HIGH SCHOOL KNIGHTS (29-0) vs. BISHOP MCGUINNESS HIGH SCHOOL LADY VILLAINS (28-4)
CLASS A men 2:30 p.m.
EAST CARTERET HIGH SCHOOL MARINERS (31-0) vs. WINSTON-SALEM PREPARATORY PHOENIX (25-4)
CLASS AAA women 5 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL TIGERS (31-0) vs. HICKORY HIGH SCHOOL RED TORNADOES (29-0)
CLASS AAA men7:30 p.m.
JAMES B. HUNT HIGH SCHOOL WARRIORS (25-2) vs. FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL PATRIOTS (30-1)
Note: the Western champion is designated as the home team and will wear the white uniform in these NCHSAA championship games.