1-13-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker

Twenty five years ago today, the Charlotte Hornets were a part of a historic NBA overtime period.

A record-low two points were scored in that extra period, as Charlotte guard Tony Smith’s 10-footer with 1:29 left in the extra period was enough to give the Hornets a 102-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The game, played at Denver’s old McNichols Sports Arena, came during Charlotte’s franchise-best 54-28 season of 1996-97 under then-rookie head coach Dave Cowens.

Led by Glen Rice, Anthony Mason and Vlade Divac, the Hornets were in the process of closing a West Coast road trip that turned the team’s season around. At 18-16 after losing for the second time in the first three games of the road trip, the overtime win in Denver capped a 3-2 road trip and was part of a 27-8 surge that improved the team to 45-24 in late March.

In that Jan. 13, 1997 game, Smith was a veteran journeyman who was added to the team only after starting point guard Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues’ knee injury in the preseason persisted enough for the Hornets to sign another point guard.

A second-round pick out of Milwaukee by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1990, Smith played professionally for 12 years from 1990 to 2002, including nine seasons in the NBA for the Lakers (1990-95), Phoenix Suns (1995-96), Miami Heat (1996), Hornets (1996-97), Milwaukee Bucks (1997-98) and Atlanta Hawks (2001).

After retirement, Smith became an analyst and studio host for Bucks games on Fox Sports Wisconsin before in 2018 becoming radio color analyst for Marquette basketball.



Pro football

Three former Charlotte 49ers standouts will be competing in the NFL playoffs that get underway this weekend – Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Nate Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith and Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi.

Larry Ogunjobi (49) during the Charlotte 49ers’ first-ever football game in 2013 against Campbell.

All three are starters.

Davis helped the Titans with the AFC South with a 12-5 record that made the team the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Davis has started 42 of 43 games he’s played for Tennessee, including all 14 he’s played this season. A third-round pick in the 2019 draft, Davis’ unit paves the way for one of the league’s top running backs (Derrick Henry).

Highsmith helped the Steelers get the AFC’s final playoff spot with a 9-7-1 record. He’s started all 16 games this season with 65 tackles, including six quarterback sacks, 15 total tackles for losses and 15 quarterback hits. A third-round pick in the 2020 draft, Highsmith remains Charlotte’s career sack leader.

And Ogunjobi helped the Bengals win the AFC South with a 10-7 record. It was Cincinnati’s first division title since and first playoff berth since 2015. He’s started all 16 games and has 43 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, 12 total tackles for losses and 16 quarterback hits. A third-round pick in the 2017 draft of the Cleveland Browns, Ogunjobi signed with the Bengals this season as a free agent.

Here’s the complete 2021-22 NFL playoff schedule:

(AFC 1st round)
1. Tennessee (12-5) – bye
5. Las Vegas (10-7) at 4. Cincinnati (10-7), 4:30 p.m. Saturday
6. New England (10-7) at 3. Buffalo (11-6), 8:15 p.m. Saturday
7. Pittsburgh (9-7-1) at 2. Kansas City (12-5), 8:15 p.m. Sunday

(NFC 1st round)
1. Green Bay (13-4) – bye
7. Philadelphia (9-8) at 2. Tampa Bay (13-4), 1 p.m. Sunday
6. San Francisco (10-7) at 3. Dallas (12-5), 4:30 p.m. Sunday
5. Arizona (11-6) at 4. Los Angeles (12-5), 8:15 p.m. Monday

(AFC, NFC semifinals)
Jan. 22-23

(AFC, NFC championship games)
Jan. 30

(Super Bowl)
Feb. 13




College basketball

Charlotte 66, UTEP 53: The 49ers snapped a layoff since Dec. 22 with five double figure scorers in the Conference USA win led by Jahmir Young (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Jackson Threadgill (15 points). The 49ers athletic department also announced that Saturday’s home game against UTSA has been moved from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. due to the inclement weather forecast for the Charlotte area.






High school basketball

Burns 71, East Rutherford 57

East Lincoln 72, Lincolnton 70, OT (Wednesday): Keandre Walker made a layup off an assist from Jeremiah Jones as time expired to give the Mustangs the non-conference win. Jones had made two free throws at the end of regulation to force the extra period. Drew Bean (25 points), Jones (15 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) and Walker (14 points) led East Lincoln and Brittain Burney had 18 points, Jacob McGill and Will Blackburn 16 apiece for Lincolnton.

East Rutherford 65, Burns 26

Ashbrook 76, Cramer 34: Kennette Bess had 24 points and Madison Cole 22 for Ashbrook and Hadley Womack had 14 points and Dasia Harris 10 for Cramer.

This week’s remaining schedule:

Cramer at North Gaston
Huss at Crest
Kings Mountain at Ashbrook
South Point at Forestview
East Gaston at Burns
Corvian Community at Piedmont CC
North Iredell at East Lincoln
West Iredell at North Lincoln
East Burke at West Lincoln
Gaston Day at Concord Academy
Mountain Island Charter at Lincoln Charter

Columbia, S.C. Newman at Gaston Christian




Pro soccer

Charlotte FC on Thursday announced its inaugural preseason plans for the 2022 Major League Soccer Season that includes training at Clemson University and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and ending with three matches in Charleston, S.C.

The team will depart for Clemson, S.C. on Sunday to begin a nine-day training camp at the home of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Soccer National Champions. The team also will spend Jan. 28-Feb. 8 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and complete training in Charleston, S.C., when it plays three friendlies at Patriots Point, the home of the Charleston Battery.

The full preseason schedule:

Feb. 12 at Charleston Battery, 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 Columbus Crew (at Charleston, S.C.), 5 p.m.
Feb. 19 Inter Miami (at Charleston, S.C.), 8 p.m.

On Friday at 10 a.m., Charlotte FC will begin selling single match tickets for its inaugural season.



Pro basketball

Here is the Charlotte Hornets’ full regular season schedule (with results):

Wed. 20 INDIANA (W 123-122)
Fri. 22 at Cleveland (W 123-112)
Sun. 24 at Brooklyn (W 111-95)
Mon. 25 BOSTON (L 129-140, OT)
Wed. 27 at Orlando (W 120-111)
Fri. 29 at Miami (L 99-114)
Sun. 31 PORTLAND (W 125-113)
Mon. 1 CLEVELAND (L 110-113)
Wed. 3 at Golden State (L 92-114)
Fri. 5 at Sacramento (L 110-140)
Sun. 7 at LA Clippers (L 106-120)
Mon. 8 at L.A. Lakers (L 123-126, OT)
Wed. 10 at Memphis (W 118-108)
Fri. 12 NEW YORK (W 104-96)
Sun. 14 GOLDEN STATE (W 106-102)
Wed. 17 WASHINGTON (W 97-87)
Fri. 19 INDIANA (W 121-118)
Sat. 20 at Atlanta (L 105-115)
Mon. 22 at Washington (W 109-103)
Wed. 24 at Orlando (W 108-99)
Fri. 26 MINNESOTA (W 133-115)
Sat. 27 at Houston (L 143-146, OT)
Mon. 29 at Chicago (L 119-133)
Wed. 1 at Milwaukee (L 125-127)
Sun. 5 at Atlanta (W 130-127)
Mon. 6 PHILADELPHIA (L 124-127, OT)
Wed. 8 PHILADELPHIA (L 106-110)
Fri. 10 SACRAMENTO (W 124-123)
Mon. 13 at Dallas (L 96-120)
Wed. 15 at San Antonio (W 131-115)
Fri. 17 at Portland (L 116-125)
Sun. 19 at Phoenix (L 106-137)
Mon. 20 at Utah (L 102-112)
Thu. 23 at Denver (W 115-107)
Mon. 27 HOUSTON (W 123-99)
Wed. 29 at Indiana (W 116-108)
Sun. 2 PHOENIX (L 99-133)
Mon. 3 at Washington (L 121-124)
Wed. 5 DETROIT (W 140-111)
Sat. 8 MILWAUKEE (W 114-106)
Mon. 10 MILWAUKEE (W 103-99)
Wed. 12 at Philadelphia (W 109-98)
Fri. 14 ORLANDO 7:00
Mon. 17 at New York 1:00
Wed. 19 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 21 OKLAHOMA CITY 7:00
Sun. 23 ATLANTA 7:00
Tue. 25 at Toronto 7:00
Wed. 26 at Indiana 7:00
Fri. 28 L.A. LAKERS 7:00
Sun. 30 LA CLIPPERS 1:00
Wed. 2 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 4 CLEVELAND 7:00
Sat. 5 MIAMI 7:00
Mon. 7 TORONTO 7:00
Wed. 9 CHICAGO 7:30
Fri. 11 at Detroit 7:00
Sat. 12 MEMPHIS 7:00
Tue. 15 at Minnesota 8:00
Thu. 17 MIAMI 7:00
Fri. 25 TORONTO 7:00
Sun. 27 DETROIT 7:00
Mon. 28 at Milwaukee 8:00
Wed. 2 at Cleveland 7:00
Sat. 5 SAN ANTONIO 7:00
Tue. 8 BROOKLYN 7:00
Wed. 9 BOSTON 7:00
Fri. 11 at New Orleans 8:00
Mon. 14 at Oklahoma City 8:00
Wed. 16 ATLANTA 7:00
Sat. 19 DALLAS 7:00
Mon. 21 NEW ORLEANS 7:00
Wed. 23 NEW YORK 7:00
Fri. 25 UTAH 7:00
Sun. 27 at Brooklyn 7:30
Mon. 28 DENVER 7:00
Wed. 30 at New York 7:30
Sat. 2 at Philadelphia 12:30
Tue. 5 at Miami 7:30
Thu. 7 ORLANDO 7:00
Fri. 8 at Chicago 8:00