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TARBORO — A 17-2 run to open the second half broke open a close contest and doomed the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf boys basketball team to a 71-53 defeat at North East Carolina Prep.
ENCSD, which led 33-32 at halftime, pulled to within nine following the surge from the hosts, but came no closer.
Jeremiah Deans led the Hornets, who finished with a record of 13-5, with 27 points on his way to a double-double. Deans added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Alfonza Robinson had 17 points for ENCSD to go along with five assists and five boards.
“All in all, a decent year for this team,” Hornets head coach Leonard Baker said. “Lose three seniors, one starter.”
Josh Eason tallied seven points and nine rebounds.
Robinson 17, Vargus 2, Deans 27, Eason 7, Brayboy, Foote, McLaughlin.
NEC PREP (71)
Richardson 10, Alexander 10, Smith, Zagir, Cohen 2, Wallace 8, Thomas 4.
Score by quarters:
ENCSD 17 16 11 9 — 53
NEC Prep 12 20 24 15 — 71