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Boys high school basketball: Friday’s roundup — South ends slump

Staff report

LANDIS — South Rowan’s boys opened Central Carolina Conference with a two-point loss at East Davidson in a game they felt they should have won.

They got some revenge on Friday, dominating the first quarter and the second half in a 78-56 victory that stopped a 10-game losing streak.

It was a season-high point total for the Raiders (2-14, 2-8).

“We moved the ball around better and got good shots,” South coach Andre McCain said. “We got more second-chance opportunities than we’ve been getting, we caused some turnovers and we shot the ball very well. It was a good team effort with a lot of people contributing.”

Braden Graham led the Raiders with four 3-pointers and 26 points. Logan Carter scored 10. Ten Raiders scored.

“That helps so much,” McCain said. “We played some good games lately in the county (a close loss to Carson and two to West Rowan), and we know that if we play like that we can win some games in our league. We had a very good week of practice, and it paid off with a win tonight.”

Colton Moorefield scored 18 for the Golden Eagles (1-14, 1-9).

EAST DAVIDSON (56) — Moorefield 18, Fuller 13, Leonard 8, Wright 5, Dev. Skeen 5, Albertson 4, Moretz 3, Addison, J. Skeen, Owen.

SOUTH ROWAN (78) — Graham 26, Carter 10, Holloman 9, Finger 7, Stanley 7, Thompson 6, Dextraze 6, Ritchie 4, Peacock 2, Nowak 1.

E. Davidson     6    25   13   12   — 56

S. Rowan         22   15  22   19   — 78

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SPENCER — North Rowan’s 6-foot-10 sophomore Brandon White asserted himself in a 70-62 Yadkin Valley Conference win against Albemarle.

White had a career-best 30 points and 14 rebounds. He had seven dunks.

Zay Davis added 12 points for the Cavaliers (10-4, 8-0), who completed a sweep of Albemarle and are alone in first place in the Yadkin Valley Conference.

Kendrell Goodes and Denerio Robinson scored nine each.

MJ Raye scored 22 for the Bulldogs (6-9, 4-4).

ALBEMARLE (62) — Raye 22, Burns 11, Little 8, Price 8, McNeil 7, Currie 6, Chambers, M. Baldwin, K. Baldwin, Dennis.

NORTH ROWAN (70) — White 30, Davis 12, Goodes 9, Robinson 9, Carpenter 7, Jefferson 2, Sims 1, Wilson.

Albemarle      16    15   16   15   — 62

N. Rowan       18     16   18  18  — 70

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GRANITE QUARRY — The Carson-East Rowan North Piedmont Conference doubleheader attracted a huge crowd, the biggest in years in the East gym.

Fans saw two good games. Carson’s boys came back to beat the Mustangs, 65-57.

“It’s always tough at East, and I’m just very happy with the road win,” Carson coach Brian Perry said. “Great crowd. Our guys kept their composure and made the plays at the end to win.”

Carson (9-7, 2-0) has three big scorers in EJ Clark, AJ Mauldin and Javon Smith. East (2-14, 0-2) face-guarded all three and took a 14-7 lead after a quarter.

“The game plan was to try to take those guys out of it, and make their other guys beat us,” East coach Trey Ledbetter said. “We executed what we wanted to do defensively for three quarters, but their role players kept them in the game until their big guys broke loose.”

Carson led 25-23 at halftime and by 42-38 going to the fourth quarter.

Clark was held to five points in the first three quarters, but had four buckets in the fourth quarter. Mauldin found enough creases to finish with 17. Smith had nine, and Carson got 12 huge points from Denis Zuniga, who was averaging about 3.

“East tried some things that made it a little hard, at times, for our guys, but eventually we figured things out,” Perry said. “Our big guys took advantage of the opportunities they had and we’ve got a lot of faith in everyone to contribute. Guys stepped up and chipped in.”

East, which has lost Jake Hunter to a stress fracture, got 19 points from David Jordan, 12 from Vincent Jones and 10 from Gavin Sprinkle.

“We just couldn’t buy a bucket at the end, couldn’t make a big shot,” Ledbetter said. “We played really hard, but Carson played with a higher level of confidence than we did down the stretch.”

CARSON (65) — Mauldin 17, Clark 13, Zuniga 12, Smith 9, Allen 4, Harris 4, Taylor 3, Neely 3.

EAST (57) — Jordan 19, Jones 12, Sprinkle 10, Valley 6, Padgett 3, Pinckney 3, Miller 2, Shuping 2.

Carson     7     18    17   23   — 65

E. Rowan 14    9    15   19    — 57

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MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan enjoyed a 36-point second quarter and blew out South Iredell, 77-35, in North Piedmont Conference action.

West (8-5, 2-0) led 58-22 at halftime and romped to a running-clock victory.

Macari Allison led the Falcons with five 3-pointers and 21 points. Zeek Biggers and Chaz McCombs scored 12 each. Jalen Moss had nine, and Sam Wood scored eight.

Cullen Smith scored 10 in the first half for the Vikings (3-12, 0-2) before being disqualified by two technicals.

SOUTH IREDELL (35) — Smith 10, Alquiza 8, Morrison 6, Labelle 4, Watson 3, Barnette 2, Figueroa 2, McLeod, Winterhalter.

WEST ROWAN (77) — Allison 21, Biggers 12, McCombs 12, Moss 9, Wood 8, Joseph 5, Weeks 4, Hassard 4, Currie 2.

S. Iredell     10    11   12   2    — 35

W. Rowan   22   36   12   7  — 77

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THOMASVILLE — Salisbury’s boys won a big one, holding off Thomasville, 69-64, to split its Central Carolina Conference meetings with the Bulldogs.

The Hornets (10-4, 7-3) got 18 points from Nate Brown and 15 from Latavian White.

Salisbury led 24-7 early in the second quarter, but Thomasville pressed and came back.

With the score tied 48-all in the third quarter, Zay Kesler made back-to-back 3-pointers for the Hornets.

Tyree Barnes scored 22 to lead the Bulldogs.

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KANNAPOLIS — Kheni Briggs scored 20 points to lead A.L. Brown to a 59-57 win against Central Cabarrus in South Piedmont Conference action.

Amari Grier scored nine for the Wonders (12-3, 2-1), and Nick Colson and JD Glenn scored eight each.

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MOCKSVILLE — Davie got a big home Central Piedmont Conference win, outlasting Glenn in overtime, 63-35.

Davie (11-4, 2-1) outscored Glenn 11-2 in overtime and handed the Bobcats their first setback in the league.

Davie got 19 points from Zaharee Maddox and 17 from Luke Williams.

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Jamarien Dalton scored 23 points and Tedric Jenkins had 21 as North Davidson beat Oak Grove, 75-52, for a CCC win.

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Will Rhoades scored 28 points to lead East Forsyth to a 73-71 CPC win against Reagan in two overtimes.

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