March 10, 2007

Walker holds block party in state title game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover junior Ty Walker turned Saturday evening's NCHSAA 4-A championship game into his own defensive showcase, helping lead the Wildcats to a 39-35 victory and the state title.

The 7-0 junior recorded eight blocked shots over the course of the game, altering Zebulon Vance's offensive approach, and added 12 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

"I have to give all honor to God and everything; I'm just speechless; that's all I can say," Walker said after the game. "We worked so hard for this, all through the summer, and offseason, and everything, and to come out here and assert myself and work on everything I've done during the summer; it's just a big accomplishment."

New Hanover (28-5), who won the school's first state title in men's basketball since 1968, had to overcome a furious Vance (28-4) rally late in the game, which gave the Cougars the lead and a chance to win down the stretch.


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