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Congratulations North Carolina Central University
On Your Third MEAC Championship in Five Years
NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina Central University is heading back to the NCAA Tournament after knocking off top-seeded Hampton, 71-63 in a hard-fought MEAC Championship game at Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Eagles and Hampton (17-15) went back-and-forth in the first half, and NCCU was propelled by Pablo Rivas (Colón, Panama) who put in 11 points. However, Malique Trent-Street (Portsmouth, Va.) hit a long-range three-pointer right before the end of the half to give the Pirates a 28-27 advantage at the half.
NCCU started the second half on an 11-2 run, and pulled ahead of Hampton 38-30 on some big treys from John Guerra (Cary, N.C.) and Rivas. Hampton immediately shrunk the lead, and eventually went on an 8-0 run to take a one-point lead at 53-52 with 7:30 remaining.
The game stayed locked together for the next three minutes, but then the Eagles ripped off an 11-0 run in the last minute-and-a-half to create enough space to seal the victory.
Rivas chipped in a game-high 22 points with five rebounds, and Guerra provided a big spark with 12 points and five rebounds. Jordan Perkins (Greensboro, N.C.) dished out a game-high nine assists with 13 points.
Hampton was led by Trent-Street (Portsmouth, Va.) who put in 15 points, and both Kalin Fisher (Chicago, Ill.) and Akim Mitchell (Charlotte, N.C.) put in 11.
Raasean Davis (Chicago, Ill.) and Rivas were both named to the All-Tournament team, and Rivas was named Most Outstanding Performer. NCCU head coach LeVelle Moton was also named Most Outstanding Coach.
Former Wake County Commissioner
Harold Webb dies
Harold Webb, a former Wake County commissioner and an architect of the school system’s policy of busing students to balance achieve diversity, died late Thursday. He was 92.
Webb was a prominent member of the local African-American leadership for decades, serving on the Board of Commissioners from 2003 until 2010, after he had a stroke. He represented District 5, which includes predominantly black neighborhoods in Southeast Raleigh.
James West, who was appointed to fill Webb’s seat and still serves on the board, said Webb was one of his closest friends.
“I’m still at a loss,” West said. “He had a very charismatic leadership style. He would always say, with a big smile on his face, that he’s doing his best and trying to lead the rest. He inspired people, he had a big heart, and he blazed a lot of trails.”
Harold Webb returned to North Carolina after his service with the Tuskegee Airmen in his early years, and studied at North Carolina A&T University, beginning his career in Orange County as a teacher and administrator. Webb was then tapped to administer North Carolina’s Title I program, which aimed to close racial opportunity gaps in schools.
In 1977, under former Gov. Jim Hunt, he was appointed as North Carolina’s first African-American personnel director.
“He understood how government works,” said Danny Coleman, chairman of Raleigh’s South Central Citizens Advisory Council. “He understood how to get things done, and he was a genius at it. I don’t know if there are many people like him around. That generation that he hailed from, there’s not many left in there.”
Another friend and local politician, Eugene Weeks, said recalling Webb’s life: “I met Webb when he first ran for county commission, and I worked on his campaign. He was really my mentor. He taught me how to do things. That’s what got me into politics, by listening to him.”
Weeks said Webb had been in and out of the hospital in recent years dealing with illnesses related to complications from his stroke.
“You would never know what he was going through,” Weeks said. “He had a smile on his face during his illness. Even up until last year and the first part of this year, he would make the same community meetings I would make.”
Webb is survived by a daughter and his wife of more than 50 years, Lucille Webb. The couple were inducted into Raleigh’s Hall of Fame in 2011.