CHARLOTTE -- For most of the last decade, the North Carolina all-star basketball teams have dominated the border series.
Saturday was no different.
The N.C. boys held off South Carolina 84-80 at Bobcats Arena, winning the Carolinas All-Star Classic for the sixth time in the last seven tries.
The N.C. boys used a balanced attack as five players scored in double figures, led by Winston-Salem Prep Academy's Reginald Johnson (Miami commitment), who had 18 points and 14 rebounds. Most Valuable Player Bo Ingram (Kinston) had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Jack Britt's C.J. Williams, East Mecklenburg's Malik Stith and New Hanover's Ty Walker (Wake Forest commitment) had 13, 10 and 10, respectively. Stith, who helped lead East Meck to a Class 4A state title last month, might have had the most complete floor game of all, as he also contributed six rebounds, five assists and four steals in 29 minutes.
"We came out here to have fun, and to entertain the fans," said Stith, who will attend Bridgton (Maine) Academy next year. "But it was a statement game for North Carolina. We wanted to show that we're still the better (state) team."
While the N.C. boys had balanced scoring, they could not shoot, going only 36 percent from the field including 17.6 percent from the 3-point line (3-for-17). But they dominated the boards, out-rebounding S.C. 72-44.
"The talent was about even," Stith said. "But we had a lot of size on them, with (the 7-foot-1 Walker and the 6-9, 275-pound Johnson) and I think that made a big difference."
After a tight first half, the N.C. boys went on a 14-2 run early in the second half to make it 63-51 with just over 12 minutes left. The S.C. boys never got any closer than four.
Dillion's LaShay Page, who had 20 points, and Dutch Fork's Murphy Holloway, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds, led the way for South Carolina. Fort Mill's Chalmers Rogers had four points.
• SOUTH CAROLINA 81, NORTH CAROLINA 66 -- While the N.C. boys won a close game, the S.C. girls all-star team ran away from North Carolina to win for the first time since 2005.
Latta's RubyLee Wright (Georgetown commitment), who stands only 5-2, led the way for the S.C. girls with 17 points, five assists and three steals. Wright, whose brother Jemarcus is Charlotte Bobcats' point guard Raymond Felton's best friend, had some extra motivation going into the game, with Felton in attendance.
"I definitely knew he was watching," Wright said, who dazzled the crowd with her quick passes and dribbling moves. "But the game should always be exciting. That's the way I try to make it."
Spartanburg's Tierra Young, only 5-8, was also big for South Carolina with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forestview's Jessica Capers led North Carolina with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lancaster's Miteka Trueheart scored four points.