Charlotte – from high school teammates to college rivals – The journey of former Cox Mill High School Chargers Leakey Black Wendell Moore led them both to the Final Four.
“It’s history,” Moore’s mother, Marie, told Channel 9. “We’ve never played each other in the Final Four. It’s going to be bigger than the Super Bowl.”
We are a few days away from UNC and Duke, one of the biggest rivals in college sports, clashing on the court for a shot at the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. This is the first time the two teams have ever met in a Final Four game.
The game is especially important for two groups of parents, who told Channel 9’s DaShawn Brown that they are very loyal to their sons’ groups. Loyalty, they mean on the one hand, has accuracy. On the other hand, there is Carolina. But it was not so long ago when all the parents were on the same side.
Wendell Moore is a junior at Duke University. He is the team captain and second team All-ACC, and his mother and father are proud.
“They see us and say, ‘You are not Wendel’s parents’ – we are no longer Mr. and Mrs. Moore. We are Wendel’s parents,” said Wendell Moore Sr. “When he first started, I put him on his feet and we would make a living next to Mom in the kitchen. Then when he grew up, we used to hit each other in the kitchen. No, I don’t play with him anymore.”
Then there’s Leaky Black, a beginner and defense expert from the University of North Carolina at Tar Heels. He is also still dancing.
“He was always the youngest and youngest,” said Carla Black, Leakey’s mother. “He developed a chip on his shoulder.”
She said this chip drives his thoughts as he plays.
“‘I have to find a way to stay in the game, I have to find a way to fight, to make a change, to make an impact,'” she said.
Leakey Black’s father, Chun, fondly recalls the steps he took to get to where he is now.
“You know, it was a long journey. At 3 and 4, he and I were behind the house shooting at a small goal, until now,” Chun Black said.
Up to now. Now, the former Chargers will face the ultimate battle of the Blues. The two are still friends out of court, their parents said.
“But when you get on the field, it’s about you know,” Marie Moore said, laughing. “‘Do not take care of me.'”
This time, the two teams will fight for one place, and the chance to win all with their happy parents watching.
“You want your kids to excel and go further than you managed,” Chun Black said. “So for him to be in this moment it was really surreal.”
“I just want to wish him good luck,” Marie Moore said. “Mom and Dad will always be your rider and will die. He’s my world.”
Knowing the challenges he went through makes Saturday’s game much more meaningful for Leakey Black’s mom.
“He’s overcome so many things and it’s not just the injury, it’s the fact that you have to. If no one else believes you, you can reach that peak,” Carla Black said. “I still have to tweak myself that we’re really going to play in the Final Four.”
The game takes place Saturday night in New Orleans at the Superdome. Both the Moore family and the Black families said they would be there to see their sons play on one of the biggest stages in college basketball.
(Watch the video below: UNC and Duke reach the Final Four in the historic battle of the Blues confrontation)
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