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PINETOPS — The Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team enjoyed the benefit of a double-digit lead and the challenge of erasing a double-digit deficit during Monday’s 2-A Eastern Plains Conference quarterfinal against North Pitt at SouthWest Edgecombe.
Beddingfield led by 12 in the third quarter, only to see the Panthers surge back to lead by 10 with two minutes remaining.
But the Bruins cut the margin to four by extending the game via fouls, and with seven seconds to play, sophomore Mike Best was fouled while shooting in 3-point territory.
Best, who finished with 34 points, made the first two. The Bruins tried to execute an intentional miss, but couldn’t get possession. North Pitt missed a pair of free throws after being fouled, but neither team could control a loose ball as time expired, sending North Pitt to an 85-83 victory.
Beddingfield, the No. 4 seed, fell to 8-15 and will await a possible bid into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs as an at-large team. North Pitt, the No. 5 seed, moved to 9-16 and visits top seed Farmville Central in the semifinal round.
“It was a good effort,” Beddingfield head coach Joe Dvozenja said. “They played as hard as they could. Once the second half came, we played with much more intensity, but so did they.”
Beddingfield led 38-34 at the half and picked up 23 points from Avery Huggins. Raekwon Batts added 10.
North Pitt placed six players in double figures, led by the 14 points of Jacquez Coffey.
NORTH PITT (85)
Cox 13, Staton 11, Whitehurst 5, Coffey 14, Harris 12, Lee 10, Cherry 15, Payton 3.
Huggins 23, Brantley 2, Speight 5, M. Best 34, J. Best 2, Gattis 9, Batts 10. Roesch.
Score by quarters:
North Pitt 19 15 23 28 — 85
Beddingfield 15 23 19 26 — 83