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Cummings Basketball State Titles Recap
January 15, 2013By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School
Cavaliers Championship Recaps
1999: Burlington Cummings 70, Bunn 67
The balance of Cummings—all five starters scored in double figures—offset the 33-point, 12-rebounds, six assists MVP effort by Bunn's Troy Wheless, although he was harassed into 11 of 35 field-goal shooting.
The Cavaliers (26-3) got 16 points and 11 boards from Victor Leath while Roc Alston contributed 15 points. The Cavs rallied from a 29-24 halftime deficit and led 48-47 after three quarters, and no more than four points separated the two clubs after that.
2001: Burlington Cummings 82, Northside 73
Charlie Norman came off the bench to score 19 points and grab eight rebounds to earn MVP honors and lead the Cavaliers (25-2) to their second state crown in three years.
Drew Williamson added 14 points for the winners, offsetting a 26-point effort by Cleveton Arthur of Northside (24-4). A 22-8 run in the second quarter put Cummings in command, although Northside closed to within two with 2:23 to play.
2002: Burlington Cummings 80, North Pitt 78
Cummings won its third NCHSAA men’s title in four years, as the defending 1-A champs moved up a classification and took the title. Freshman T.J. Gwynn scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers (24-4) to earn MVP honors, while Drew Williamson added 21. Quinton Person tallied 24 points for North Pitt (24-3) while Kendric Harris had 22 and hauled down 18 rebounds.
2004: Burlington Cummings 87, East Bladen 63
The Cavaliers (27-2) ran away from East as all five starters scored in double figures and the Cavs shot 53.2 percent from the floor as a team. T.J. Gwynn, with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, was the MVP for the second time in three years. Terrance Oliver also scored 19 and Dwight Jones 18 for Cummings. Stan Johnson led East Bladen (25-5) with 15 points.
2006: Burlington Cummings 68, Shelby 65
Dwight Jones pumped in 24 points and hauled down 16 rebounds to lead Cummings (29-1) to its fifth state crown since 1999. Cummings led 40-31 at the half but Shelby came back to post a 48-46 edge after three quarters.
Omar Green added 15 points for the winners while Darryl Montgomery scored 23 and Ed Gullatte added 18 for Shelby (25-6).
2007: Burlington Cummings 52, Starmount 49
Cummings won its second straight state title and third in four years behind the 23-point, 16-rebound effort of Dwight Jones, the Wendy’s MVP for the second consecutive year. The game was knotted at 23-all at the half but the Cavaliers outscored Starmount 13-4 in the third quarter. Victor Davila paced the Rams with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. Cummings led by 13 with 3:18 to play and held off a stirring Ram comeback