Super Sabres

South Mecklenburg earns first Super 7 boys championship

by C. Jemal Horton

The South Meck Sabres are South Charlotte Weekly’s 2011-12 Southern Mecklenburg Super 7 boys basketball champions. (Courtesy of John Fitch)

In the moments after the South Mecklenburg boys basketball team’s season-ending loss to West Charlotte on Feb. 24, Sabres coach John Fitch didn’t spend his time in the locker room giving his players a pep talk.

That’s because he didn’t know what to say.

“I didn’t say anything to them – I couldn’t say anything,” Fitch said shortly after emerging from the locker room in the wake of South Meck’s defeat in the sectional finals of the Class 4A state tournament.

“They’re really hurting in there. They believe they should’ve won that game, and it’s hard for them to deal with that right now. I just decided to give them their time. But hopefully, they’ll eventually realize what they accomplished this season. They did something pretty special.”

Indeed.

For starters, the Sabres lived up to the preseason hype that accompanied them into the 2011-12 campaign, finishing with a 24-6 record. They also won the Southwestern 4A conference title, which was their first league championship in nearly a decade, and took West Charlotte to overtime in the sectional final before succumbing, 59-55.

For those reasons, South Mecklenburg is South Charlotte Weekly’s 2011-12 Southern Mecklenburg Super 7 boys basketball champion for the first time in school history.

The Sabres were listed as the No. 1 team on all three ballots completed by SCW staff members C. Jemal Horton, Aaron Garcia and Andrew Stark.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys,” Fitch said. “It certainly was a joy to coach them this year.”

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