Locals playing college basketball head down the stretch of regular season

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With college basketball teams jockeying for position heading through the final few games of the regular season, standouts from the Wilmington area continue to contribute on the hardwood for their respective universities and colleges across the country.

Kadeem Allen scored 12 points in 15 minutes of action for No. 12 Arizona in a 99-61 rout over Arizona State in the Wildcats’ last outing on Feb. 17.

Kadeem Allen. Photo courtesy- www.Pac12.com
Kadeem Allen. Photo courtesy- www.Pac12.com

The New Hanover alum has started in 23 of 27 games for Arizona, who moved to 22-5 overall and 10-4 in PAC-12 play following the victory. Allen is shooting 48 percent from the floor, averaging 8.3 points per game. He’s second on the team with 98 assists.

Currently, Arizona is tied with Oregon for top spot in PAC-12 standings, with four games left in the regular season. The Wildcats play in a nationally televised game on ESPN 2 against Colorado on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Heading into their final regular season game against Charleston Southern on Thursday, the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team is coming off a 79-67 setback to Winthrop. Junior guard Elijah Wilson (Laney) is the program’s leading scorer, averaging 13.9 points per game.

The Chanticleers are in fourth place among Big South Conference members, two games out from top spot in the division with a 10-6 mark in league play. Winthrop leads the conference at 12-4, followed by High Point and UNC-Asheville.

Wilson, the reigning Big South Tournament MVP, is shooting 40 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range. He has a team-high 61 treys this season. He is tenth in Big South scoring average.

T.J. Williams (Ashley) had 13 points in his last outing for the North Georgia men’s basketball team in a 69-68 victory against USC-Aiken.

Averaging 13.3 points per game, Williams is second on the team in scoring. He’s started 226 of 27 games for the Nighthawks, shooting 55.5 percent from the floor.

Tyre Gathright has seen action in 16 games as a freshman for North Georgia, averaging 10.8 minutes per game.

At the Division III level, freshman Saadiq Johnson (West Brunswick) will get his first taste of postseason basketball when Averett University opens the 2016 USA South Conference Tournament against N.C. Wesleyan on Thursday.

Gray Cheers (West Brunswick) posted seven points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals for Hampden-Syndey in their final regular season home game. The  Tigers will host a first-round home game in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference on Tuesday.

In women’s hoops, sophomore Brianna Baham (Laney) is averaging 21.8 points per game for Brunswick Community College. She is currently ranked eighth in the nation among National Junior College Athletic Association Division II members for scoring average.

She’s recorded double digit points totals in all but one of the 23 games played this season, including a season best 36 points against Catawba Valley on Feb. 12.

Felecity Havens (Ashley) is the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for University of Mount Olive. The Trojans are in third place in league play, winners of six straight.

Havens has three 20-plus point games this season, including a season-high 25 points against Southern Wesleyan on Feb. 12.