banner
Erin Summers

San Antonio: Locker rooms of cheers and tears

Posted March 22
Updated April 7

For one squad it was about trust, trust in the coaches and the players that they could pull out the win. For another squad it was about fighting until the end, honoring what they had accomplished.

For both it was about a journey that neither team wanted to end.

North Carolina’s started back in January with a 1-4 start in the ACC, North Carolina Central’s started four years ago with a dynamic duo that believed in their coach.

Both teams had different obstacles to overcome to get to NCAA tournament play Friday. And both teams faced different fates at the days end.

“It was a fun game, because we won,” UNC guard Marcus Paige said with a laugh after their win over Providence.

One locker room was full of smiles, relief and joy that they would move on to Sunday; another tears.

While Roy Williams and the North Carolina team basked in their hard fought win, NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton and his squad were sad that such an incredible journey had come to an end.

“Right now it’s kind of hard for me to swallow this and give out how proud I am of our accomplishments,” NC Central’s Emanuel Chapman said following their loss to Iowa State.

"I'm so proud of my team. I'm so proud of what they accomplished," said Moton after the game. "[Chapman and Jeremy Ingram] fought tooth and nail. It hasn't been an easy journey for neither one, but the reason I'm up here is because of these two. So I'm just proud of them. I love them to death, and they made history."

And though the Eagles season is over, they are well aware that what they did for their school lives on. Minutes after the loss, seniors Chapman and Ingram said the torch has been passed on to the underclassmen to carry on the legacy.

1 Comment

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • StunGunn Mar 22, 6:58 a.m.

    No one wants their season to end, and it's always sad when it does, but only one team will get to cut down the nets. Central has a lot to be proud of. Glad the Heels get to play on Sunday.

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
2nd
TOR 56
NYK 45
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
2nd
LIP 50
PEAY 43
 
2nd
DEN 33
BRY 33
 
2nd
MONT 52
SD 48
 
2nd
MTST 44
TENST 32
 
2nd
SAMF 39
LAMON 34
 
Half
SCAR 35
COKR 23
 
1st
HAMP 20
NARZ 18
 
1st
SDU 26
SDCHR 12
 
1st
BC 27
USC 24
 
1st
NICST 0
TROY 0
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
 
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
 
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
 
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
 
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
1st
STL 3
NYG 10
 
1st
OAK 0
BUF 0
 
1st
DAL 0
IND 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA