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AREA ROUNDUP: Strong start keys Wilson Christian boys to victory

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A sizzling start sent the host Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team to a 76-58 triumph against New Life Christian of Rocky Mount on Monday evening.

In continuing play outside the North Carolina Christian Association 2-A ranks, the Chargers of head coach Andy Coffman boosted their record to 2-0. Wilson Christian visits old rival Wake Christian on Tuesday evening.

The Chargers forged a 13-7 cushion after one quarter against New Life and then poured in 29 second-quarter points as compared to 10 for New Life

New Life was unable to substantially dent Wilson Christian’s 42-17 halftime advantage.

Junior Jimmy Forte sparked three Chargers in double-figures scoring with a game-high 22 points. Junior Zach Hunter tossed in 17 and senior Jay Grissom bucketed 14. Hunter handed out six assists and recorded three steals, while Grissom grabbed seven rebounds.

The Chargers limited their turnovers to 14.

New life christian (58)

Schafer 10, Lynch 19, Leonard 5, Pittman 14, Gelo 2, Watson 6, Holland 2.

wilson christian (76)

Parker 5, Hunter 17, Forte 22, Attoe 5, Grissom 14, McFarland 6, Peele 5, Murray 2.

Score by quarters:

New Life Chr. 7 10 24 17 — 58

Wilson Christian 13 29 18 16 — 76

Cyclones pull away from Halifax 69-53

ROANOKE RAPIDS — Leading by one point at halftime, the Community Christian School varsity boys basketball team made key adjustments in the third quarter, doubling up host Halifax Academy and cruising to a 69-53 nonconference win.

Facing a potent post presence in Eric Williams, the Cyclones of head coach Micah Baines relied more on fronting the post and allowing the help-side defense to rotate over on the catch. While Williams poured in 24 points, the adjustment was still effective, as CCS carried a 58-46 lead into the final quarter.

D.J. Atkinson led three CCS (2-0) players in double figures. Atkinson collected 21 points, six rebounds and five steals as Dominique Evans chipped in 18. Avery Winstead had 15 points for 1-A CCS of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference.

The Cyclones visit crosstown foe Greenfield next Tuesday.

CCS (69)

Atkinson 21, Evans 18, Williams 6, Winstead 15, Scott 2, Baines 7, Bridgers, Pender

HALIFAX ACAD. (53)

Hardy 4, Garrett 11, Gary 2, Harris 5, Keaton 2, Eric Williams 24

Score by quarters:

CCS 15 21 22 11 — 69

Halifax Academy 16 19 11 7 — 53

Demons lose 2 after opening win

After a season-opening win last Tuesday, the Fike varsity boys basketball team suffered back-to-back losses, including a 54-48 setback to East Wake in Friday’s home opener.

The 3-A Big East Conference Golden Demons of head coach Brent Secrest, who will host Cleveland on Tuesday, also lost 58-54 on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at North Pitt. In that game, Fike had a 12-point lead in the third quarter but poor shooting from the free-throw line (12 of 24) and from 3-point range (2 of 16) got in the way of the win.

“Our youth showed tonight with the lead it is a process that we are working on,” Secrest said.

Moses Parker, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, led with 14 points while juniors Jaylen Ward, Elijahwon Cooper and Jeffery Dickerson each had 11 points for Fike. Dickerson snatched nine rebounds while junior Dashon Horne grabbed six.

In the loss to East Wake on Friday, poor shooting all around was the main culprit for Fike. The Demons made just 19 of 63 (30.2 percent) of their field-goal attempts and just 1 of 14 from behind the 3-point arc.

Fike trailed 28-15 at the half and fell behind by 20 points early in the third Quarter. The Demons eventually outscored the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Warriors 33-26 in the second half and came within four points in the fourth quarter.

“Guys made great effort to get back in the game but we just couldn’t get a shot to fall,” Secrest said.

Cooper and Parker each scored 12 points for Fike While sophomore Trevon Atkinson had seven points and four rebounds.

FIKE (54)

Ward 11, Cooper 11, Dickerson 11, Horne 3, Carson 1, Green 2, Atkinson 1, Parker 14.

North pitt (58)

Staton 19, Sherrod 12, Council 13, Hines 9, Spruill 1, Payton 4.

Score by quarters:

Fike 17 9 14 14 — 54

North Pitt 12 8 14 23 — 58

EAST WAKE (54)

Kick 13, Miller 6, Sloan 6, Hill 4, Simon 9, Mitchell 1, King 15.

FIKE (48)

Cooper 12, Dickerson 6, Horne 7, Green 4, Atkinson 7, Parker 12.

Score by quarters:

East Wake 13 15 13 13 — 54

Fike 2 13 17 16 — 48

Knights split 2 at Christ School

ARDEN — After a disappointing loss to a highly regarded Porter Gaud team from Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team got back on track Saturday with a 76-67 victory over York Prep of Rockville, S.C., in the Battle of the Carolinas, hosted by Christ School.

The Knights, who lost 78-62 to Porter Gaud, evened their record at 2-2 with Saturday’s win.

“Porter Gaud is really good and we shot 5 of 22 from 3-point and playing a team like that, you’ve got to shoot better,” said Greenfield head coach Rob Salter. “I challenged some of our younger guys after the game Friday and they responded .... If we play that hard, we have a chance the rest of the way.”

Senior point guard Coby White, who has signed with North Carolina, led the Knights both games, scoring a season-high 40 points in the win over York Prep pouring in 31 against Porter Gaud. White had 11 rebounds and seven assists Friday and then added eight rebounds and seven assists in Saturday’s game in which he made four of his six 3-point attempts. The Knights hit 6 of 15 from behind the arc Saturday.

Fellow senior Elijah McCadden, who is headed to Georgia Southern, had 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists Friday. Against York Prep, McCadden had 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one thunderous slam dunk that earned Twitter praise from White: “He violated the rim and anyone near it.”

The Knights are back at home Monday against 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference foe Wayne Christian.

FRIDAY’S GAME

GREENFIELD (62)

White 31, McCadden 22, Bailey 5, Outlaw 4, Pittman, Foster, Baker.

Porter gaud (78)

Wojcik 8, Nutley 10, Shannon 2, Aaron Nesmith 18, Jake Lanford 26, Josiah James 14.

Score by quarters:

Greenfield 14 12 13 23 — 62

Porter Gaud 19 12 17 30 — 78

SATURDAY’S Game

york prep (67)

Dean 12, Derico Williams 4, J. Williams 9, Wright 10, Vince Cole 24, Burns 8.

Greenfield (76)

White 40, McCadden 22, Outlaw 3, Bailey 3, Pittman 7, Andreasan 1, Foster, Baker.

Score by quarters:

York Prep 22 13 20 12 — 67

Greenfield 16 21 17 22 — 76

Deans-led Hornets rally for 3-0 start

ZEBULON — Down by nine points in the first half, the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf varsity boys basketball team battled back to take a lead in the third quarter before holding off host Heritage Christian 63-60 for the Hornets’ third win to start the season.

Jeremiah Deans poured in a game-high 41 points for ENCSD to go with his nine rebounds while Alfonza Robinson had 11 points and four steals. Naheim Carlton contributed seven points, seven rebounds and seven steals.

“Our players met Heritage’s challenge,” said ENCSD head coach Leonard Baker. “It wasn’t always pretty but it was a win.”

ENCSD (63)

Eason, Deans 41, Vargus 4, Brayboy, Carlton, Robinson 11, Cooke.

HERITAGE (60)

Armstrong 15, Greene 14, Mendoza 6, Dupree 2, Lambert 21, Mullen 2.

Score by quarters:

ENCSD 12 13 21 17 — 63

Heritage 9 17 12 22 — 60

Falcons comeback sinks W. Johnston

PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball team rallied from a 28-22 halftime deficit to notch its first 2017-18 win by a 56-52 margin against visiting West Johnston on Friday evening.

The 3-A Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference evened their record at 1-1.

CBA surged to a 38-37 edge after three quarters and then survived a back-and-forth final eight minutes.

Senior Eli Batts fired in 16 points to lead the Falcons, while senior Marquez Farmer canned 11 and junior Jaylan Robinson 10.

Top West Johnston scorers were Andrik Cole with a game-high 18 points, Jakim Graham with 13 and John Burden with 10.

WEST JOHNSTON (52)

Burden 10, Cole 18, Jak. Graham 13, Jal. Graham 8, B. Hicks 1, R. Hicks 2.

C. B. AYCOCK (56)

Robinson 10, Graham 5, Batts 16, Hampton 8, Farmer 11, Wildman 2, Jazckson 2, Artis 2..

Score by quarters:

West Johnston 16 12 9 15 — 52

C.B. Aycock 8 14 16 16 — 56

Third quarter foils CBA in opener

GOLDSBORO — Carrying a one-point lead into halftime, the Charles B. Aycock High varsity boys basketball team was outpointed 20-8 in the third quarter on the way to a 71-54 loss at Goldsboro on Wednesday night.

Senior Eli Batts led the 3-A Golden Falcons of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference with 20 points. Senior Marquez Farmer added 12. From the foul line, CBA was hampered by a 10-of-21 effort for just 48-percent accuracy.

CBA visits Hunt on Tuesday.

C.B. AYCOCK (54)

Moore 4, Robinson 5, Butler 4, Batts 20, Hampton 7, Farmer 12, Artis 2.

GOLDSBORO (71)

No scorers available.

Score by quarters:

C.B. Aycock 17 13 8 16 — 54

Goldsboro 11 18 20 22 — 71

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lady Chargers whip New Life 75-38

The Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team opened Monday’s nonconference tilt with New Life Christian with an offensive fury.

They closed it without allowing a field goal the entire second quarter.

That combination allowed the Lady Chargers to take a 50-15 lead into halftime, and every rostered WCA player scored en route a comfortable 50-15 victory.

WCA of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks improved to 2-3.

“One of our biggest focuses this year is to play good half-court defense,” WCA assistant coach Mitch Hayes said. “I felt like all players gave great effort and played a lot of minutes. Everybody contributed.”

WCA led 67-26 entering the fourth quarter, triggering the running clock with a 40-point lead.
The Lady Chargers visit Wake Christian on Tuesday.

NEW LIFE CHR. (38)

Baggett 2, Bullock 4, Tharrington 6, Wynn 4, Gels 7, Kelly 8, Winstead 2, Upchurch 5

WCA (75)

Hartsfield 4, Barnes 10, Carnes 14, Tant 2, Harris 2, Hunter 3, Vick 2, Snead 13, Reams 12, Reece 4, Jones 4, Griffin 5.

Score by quarters:

New Life 14 1 11 12 — 38

Wilson Christian 33 17 17 8 — 75

Lady Cycs open Kent era with victory

SANFORD — The Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team christened the Mark Kent coaching era with a victory Friday night as the Lady Cyclones held off host Lee Christian 30-29.

Senior Morgan Lane had eight points to lead the way for CCS of the 1-A Coastal Independents Conference. Fellow senior Olivia Bullard tacked on seven points while Whitney Bissette, a third senior, had five.

CCS is the guest of Halifax Academy on Monday.

Trio tosses in 10 points in CBA win

PIKEVILLE — A trio of players scored 10 points each as the host Charles B. Aycock High varsity girls basketball team evened its record at 1-1 with a 38-27 victory against West Johnston on Friday.

Junior Taylor Gay, senior Cassandra Lassiter and senior Hannah Vinson each netted 10 points for the 3-A Lady Golden Falcons of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

CBA took command by extending a 14-12 halftime lead to 26-17 after three quarters.

Triggering West Johnson were Meaghan Bennett with 12 points and Kaitlyn Tucker with nine.

WEST JOHNSTON (27)

Bennett 12, Blake 2, Craft 2, Cassidy 2, Tucker 9.

C. B. AYCOCK (38)

Patnaude 4, Moorefield 4, Gay 10, Lassiter 10, Vinson 10, Tatum, Jackson.

Score by quarters:

West Johnston 4 8 5 10 — 27

C. B. Aycock 7 7 12 12 — 38

JUNIOR VARSITY

CBA rebounds after opening loss

Ten different players scored in the Charles B. Aycock High boys basketball team’s 50-26 romp against visiting West Johnston on Friday.

The Golden Falcons evened their record at 1-1 after a 57-32 season-opening loss at Goldsboro on Tuesday.

Trailing 7-6 after one quarter, CBA tore to a 24-12 halftime cushion and then dominated the final quarter by outscoring West Johnston 19-4.

Scoring in double figures for CBA were Mohammad Dalia with 13 points and Trever Reid with 12.

Aaron Scott’s 15 points led the Falcons in Tuesday’s loss while Dishon Rhodes added 11 points for the Golden Falcons, who visit Hunt on Tuesday.

Cyclones reach 2-0 with rout of Halifax

HALIFAX — Jeremiah Williams had 17 points and Thomas Lane bucketed 14 to lift the Community Christian boys basketball team to a 64-25 victory over host Halifax Academy on Monday.

CCS (2-0) is at Greenfield on Tuesday.

Cyclones’ comeback tops Lee Christian

SANFORD — The visiting Community Christian School boys basketball team rallied from a 20-17 halftime deficit to turn back Lee Christian 45-41 in its season opener Friday night.

The Cyclones were sparked by Eli Eger with 14 points and Josh Williams with 11.

CCS continues on the road Monday at 5:30 p.m. against Halifax Academy.

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