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Forced out of its 2-3 zone midway through the third quarter, the Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team turned full-court pressure into opportunity Tuesday night.
Facing 2-A Eastern Plains Conference foe Nash Central, the Bruins cut a 13-point lead to six after abadoning the zone in favor of full-court pressure, and after a back-and-forth final minute, Beddingfield remained unbeaten in conference play.
Trailing by one after Nash Central’s Evan Bulluck hit a 3-pointer with under 20 seconds to go, a cutting Lamont Speight caught a pass from junior Andrew Gattis.
Speight dashed across the paint and laid it in with his left hand with four seconds to go, and Nash Central’s last-ditch effort was off the mark from just beyond midcourt to send the Bruins to a 56-55 victory.
Beddingfield climbed to 7-8 and is now 3-0 in the EPC with SouthWest Edgecombe coming to town on Friday night.
Speight led the Bruins with 16 points, while senior Trevon Brantley added 10. Gattis contributed 14 points as the third Bruin in double figures. Nash Central (4-12, 1-2 EPC) was led by Chris High’s 16 points, but he, along with point guard Amer Richardson, fouled out late in the game.
Beddingfield helped its cause from the foul line, converting 64 percent of its tosses on 16-of-25 shooting.
“We’re right where we want to be,” Beddingfield head coach Joe Dvozenja said. “Our goal is to be one of the top two teams, because the top two teams (in the conference) make the playoffs.”
NASH CENTRAL (55)
A. Richardson 6, Simmons 13, O. Richardson 10, Joyner 4, High 16, Bullock 6.
Brantley 10, Speight 16, M. Best 8, J. Best 2, Gattis 14, Batts 6.
Score by quarters:
Nash Central 17 11 10 17 — 55
Beddingfield 7 14 11 24 — 56
Chargers beat New Life for 5th straight win
ROCKY MOUNT — The Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team has ascended into the realm of a winning team.
The Chargers used a fast start in Tuesday’s nonconference game with Rocky Mount New Life Christian, seizing a 24-point halftime lead and coasting to their fifth straight win with a 72-57 victory.
Now 10-9 overall and above .500 for the first time following an 0-7 start, the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East region Chargers used a strong defensive showing from senior Zach Hunter to keep the hosts at bay. New Life trimmed the WCA lead to 13 entering the fourth quarter, but could not threaten further.
All 11 players from Wilson Christian saw playing time as four Chargers scored in double figures.
Junior Harrison Parker led the way with 17 points, with Hunter adding 16. Senior Brice Murray and sophomore Seth Thompson each added 10. Calvin Peacock, a sophomore, had nine points off the bench.
WCA returns home to face Raleigh Christian on Thursday.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (72)
Murray 10, Hunter 16, Parker 17, Dehart 4, Blalock, Thompson 10, Paul 4, Peacock 9, Melvin 2.
NEW LIFE (57)
Shafer 26, Baggett 2, Pittman 4, M. Leonard 4, B. Leonard 12, Holland 9.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Christian 24 18 9 21 — 72
New Life 8 10 20 19 — 57
Tigers complete sweep of Word of God 83-76
RALEIGH — Senior Righteous Tomlin blistered the nets for 34 points and the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team completed the regular-season sweep of Raleigh Word of God’s academy team with an 83-76 victory on the road Monday night.
The Tigers, who defeated the Holy Rams by the same score in Wilson on Jan. 17, remained perfect through seven Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Triangle Athletic Conference games and rose to 13-4 overall.
It was the third straight win for Wilson Prep, which will host conference foe LifeSpring Academy of Cary on Wednesday.
Tomlin snatched 12 rebounds and doled out a pair of assists while making 15 of his 22 shots from the floor (68 percent). Fellow seniors Tyronne Whitaker and Denardrick Gray each scored 13 points while Sean Sanders added eight points and eight rebounds.
WILSON PREP (83)
Whitaker 13, Gray 13, Taylor, Tomlin 34, Blackston 6, Artis 9, Sanders 8.
WORD OF GOD (76)
No scorers available.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Prep 20 21 16 26 — 83
Word of God 12 16 20 28 — 76
Firebirds overcome Franklinton, 63-61
STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team rallied from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to overcome Franklinton, 63-61, in a 3-A Big East Conference nail-biter Tuesday night.
The Firebirds ended the first half of conference play at 2-3 and climbed to 10-8 overall. Franklinton stands 0-4 against conference foes.
Utilizing full-court pressure, Southern Nash cut the huge deficit to three points with less than two minutes left. A free throw from A.J. Jones resulted in a tie. The Firebirds secured the win at the foul line.
Southern Nash started sluggishly, struggling with its shooting from the floor and foul line. The Red Rams increased their lead from 11 points at halftime to 20 at the outset of the final quarter.
Darius Edmundson led the Firebirds’ scoring with 16 points, while Jones tossed in 12. Chris Allen added eight points.
Strong second quarter keys Lady Bruins past NC
The Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team left visiting Nash Central behind in the second quarter Tuesday night, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 14-3 in that span to pull away for a 41-26 victory — its first victory against 2-A Eastern Plains Conference competition this season.
Junior Makayla Everette had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Beddingfield, which moved to 3-12 overall and 1-2 in EPC play. Everette also turned in three blocks.
Shamya Best, a junior guard, had six points and six rebounds, with junior Trinity Anderson getting four steals.
Beddingfield led 22-8 at halftime and comfortably at 31-17 entering the fourth quarter.
“Our ball hadling has improved a bunch,” veteran Beddingfield head coach Debra Pegram said. “We have very young guards and they’re short, but they are quick and get on the break.”
Katya Fox and Zhaterrica Cherry had six points each for Nash Central (4-10), winless in three EPC affairs.
NASH CENTRAL (26)
Anstead 5, Gunter 2, Fox 6, Cherry 6, Lupton 4, Shrock 3.
Anderson 4, Dudley 2, Cooper 2, Pope 4, Sherrod 2, Best 6, Thomas 2, Everette 19.
Score by quarters:
Nash Central 5 3 9 9 — 26
Beddingfield 8 14 9 10 — 41
Lady Demons deck Hunt 42-23
Fike completed an unbeaten first-half run through the 3-A Big East Conference girls basketball schedule with a 42-23 win at home against Hunt on Tuesday.
The Lady Demons, who utilized a pressing defense to pull away, rose to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play. Regina Barber and Janiseya Anderson each scored 11 points to lead Fike while Lindsey Curlings added nine points and Caitlin Graziani had eight.
Fike visits Southern Nash on Friday while Hunt hosts Northern Nash.
WCA routs New Life Christian
ROCKY MOUNT — Freshman Will Hoskins led the way with 11 points in pacing the Wilson Christian boys basketball team to a 52-17 win over New Life Christian on Tuesday,
Jackson Lewis, a sophomore, had 10 points for the Chargers (9-7), who host Raleigh Christian on Thursday.
Tigers’ comeback denied against WOG
RALEIGH — The Wilson Prep Academy boys basketball team rallied in vain in the final quarter, falling 64-55 to host Word of God Christian Academy on Monday evening.
The Tigers outscored Word of God 23-14 in the final quarter, but trailed 50-32 entering the period.
Leading Wilson Prep was Devyn Bullock with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Majesty Felder added 12 points. Zuri Cotton snared eight rebounds.
Hunt gets league win vs. Franklinton
The Hunt High girls basketball team evened its Big East Conference record at 2-2 with a 25-18 victory against visiting Franklinton last Friday night.
The Lady Warriors posted a 13-5 halftime lead en route to their seventh win against four losses.
Jayden Sauls paced the Hunt scoring with 10 points and Catelyn McNair netted seven.
Hunt continues conference play at archrival Fike on Tuesday night.