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RALEIGH — The Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team has officially compiled a winning streak.
Using tough defense and the resulting opportunities in transition, the Chargers opened up a six-point lead after one quarter and ballooned the margin to 23 at halftime en route to a runaway 75-61 victory in their conference opener over Raleigh Christian.
Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East ranks, after dropping its first six contests, improved to 2-6 ahead of opening the Charger Christmas Classic on Friday night against Alamance Christian.
Senior Brice Murray was the catalyst for the Chargers, pouring in 29 points.
Eleven different Chargers scored as senior Zach Hunter was the other Wilson Christian player in double figures with 10.
Murray was the beneficiary of Wilson Christian’s transition game, converting several layups. Raleigh Christian fell to 3-4.
“The (Raleigh Christian) Eagles came out hungry after the half, but we kept our composure and made sure our bench sealed the victory, first-year WCA head coach Kevin Zander said.
WCA’s game times with Alamance Christian are set for 6:30 p.m. for the girls and around 8 for the boys on Friday.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (75)
Murray 29, Dehart 6, Parker 5, Hunter 10, Denmark 2, Blalock 6, Frieden 3, Melvin 5, Thompson 5, Paul 2, Peacock 2.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN (61)
Ez. Torres 11, Ed. Torres 8, Castleberry 8, Goweh 1, Van Reenen 12, Luyeye 9, Wood 12.
Score by quarters:
Wilson Christian 16 27 9 23 — 75
Raleigh Christian 10 10 17 24 — 61
Snakebit Firebirds fall to Pirates in OT
WENDELL — A different picture for the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team to open its 2018-19 season is just eight points away.
Falling to 2-3 with an 81-79 overtime loss at Corinth Holders on Wednesday night, the 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds dropped their second contest in the extra period this season and, in their three losses, have stumbled by a combined total of eight points.
Victory was close for Southern Nash in overtime, but the Firebirds missed a layup, allowing the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Pirates (4-1) to take the lead.
Another layup to force double overtime awaited the Firebirds, but it was missed with two seconds to play.
Southern Nash, which shot 27 of 75 from the field for 36-percent accuracy, was led by the double-double of senior Darius Edmundson following a 21-point, 12-rebound showing.
Three other Southern Nash players finished in double figures, including junior Michael Parker with 13, senior Artavius Allen with 11 and freshman Jackson Vick with 10.
The Firebirds made eight 3-pointers, three each from Allen and Parker. Vick was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine.
Southern Nash returns home Friday to face Nash Central, its former rival in the 3-A Big East Conference.
CORINTH HOLDERS (81)
No scorers available.
SOUTHERN NASH (79)
Rambert 3, A. Allen 11, C. Allen 1, Jones 4, Parker 13, Royal 7, Dellavalle 9, Vick 10, Edmundson 21.
Score by quarters:
Southern Nash 9 23 23 17 7 — 79
Corinth Holders 18 17 20 17 9 — 81
Ladybirds bow to Pirates, 48-33
WENDELL — The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team held a one-point lead at halftime, but a scoreless third quarter allowed host Corinth Holders to pull away for a 48-33 victory on Wednesday.
Senior Shontell Nicholson led the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds (2-3) with 12 points as junior Tristian Foster added nine.
Corinth Holders, members of the 3-A Northern Athletic Conference, moved to 4-1.
The Ladybirds are home to Nash Central on Friday.
SOUTHERN NASH (33)
Nicholson 12, Foster 8, Taybron 2, McCalston 2, Bailey 6, Winner 3.
CORINTH HOLDERS (48)
No scorers available.
Score by quarters:
Southern Nash 8 12 0 13 — 33
Corinth Holders 14 5 16 13 — 48
CBA boys continue ECC success
GOLDSBORO — With the inaugural 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference indoor track championship at stake later this year, the Charles B. Aycock boys continued to cement themselves as contenders by winning their third straight meet Wednesday.
Competing amongst mixed 2-A/3-A company, the Golden Falcons bested ECC rival Southern Wayne by a point, 122-121, to capture the eight-team meet.
Greenville Rose was a distant third at 74.5 as host Eastern Wayne (63), Kinston (48), Goldsboro (21), Spring Creek (16.5) and New Bern (7) followed.
CBA’s boys turned in three first-place showings, including Quevion Henderson’s jump of 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump. In the 3,200-meter run, Matthew Stoudt was first in a time of 12:49, while Davis Carroll conquered the 1,000-meter run in 2:56.4.
Second-place performances went to Hunter McDiarmid (3,200-meter run), Marquard Fedderson (triple jump) and the 4x400 relay quartet of Mason Bailey, John Rodriquez, Shane Nash and Aaron Macias.
Third-place relay finishers were Carroll, Eduardo Pinon, Stoudt and Todd Gardner in the 4x800 and Macias, Matthew Hammonds, Jamar Best and Maxwell Cooper in the 4x200.
Macias was third in the 300-meter dash, as was Rodriguez in the triple jump. Fedderson claimed a second-place performance in the triple jump.
On the girls’ side, CBA finished fourth with 47 points. Eastern Wayne (90), Rose (88), and Southern Wayne (64), all ECC programs, rounded out the top three.
The Lady Falcons’ 4x200 relay squad of Denai Watkins, Trinity Person, Timeka Banks, and Elizabeth Carmack finished second.
Four third-place finishes were secured by CBA’s girls, including Trinity Person in the 55-meter hurdles, Taylor Nevin-Burke in the 1,600-meter run and Elizabeth Carmack in the 1,000-meter run.
Carmack and Nevin-Burke were part of the 4x800 relay team for CBA that finished third alongside Courtney Williams and Kristen Ridgle.
“This was a big win for our men’s team to pull out their third consecutive first-place victory this season,” CBA coach Joseph Otellio said. “ It’s really big in the fact that this is the first season CBA has competed in a conference for indoor track. If we continue on this successful path, I see no doubt that we can become the first-ever ECC 3A-4A conference champions for indoor track.”
Cyclones drop close one in OT
The Community Christian School girls basketball team fell 26-23 in overtime to Wayne Christian on Thursday night inside Barney Williamson Gym on the campus of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.
The Lady Cyclones were led in scoring by Lexi Gardner’s 13 points. Ashley Abrams and Abigail Jackson also contributed 4 and 3 points, respectively.
CBA reaches 4-0, dumps Princeton
PIKEVILLE — Trever Reid’s 16 points led all scorers Wednesday afternoon as the Charles B. Aycock High boys basketball team won its fourth game without a loss following a 53-36 win over Princeton.
Omarreyon Johnson had 13 for the Golden Falcons, with Quintavious Barnes, Ashton Perozeni and Chase Hare all netting six points each.
For Princeton, Harley Bartholomew paced the Bulldogs with 12 points. Zion McPhatter had nine and Jayden Brooks finished with seven.
CBA is at Wayne County rival Goldsboro on Friday.
Tigers claw SE Halifax 59-49
The Wilson Preparatory Academy boys basketball team used a strong third quarter to pull away for a 59-49 win over Southeast Halifax on Wednesday.
Trailing by one at the half, WPA (7-1) outpaced Southeast Halifax by nine in the third quarter to take control.
Sophomore Devyn Bullock poured in 28 points for Wilson Prep, securing a massive double-double with 23 rebounds.
Freshman Cameron Bryant had nine points.
The Tigers remain home next week, hosting Rocky Mount Prep on Wednesday, Dec. 12.