Conley boys hold off Rose
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
D.H. Conley’s boys’ basketball team didn’t make every play it could have Wednesday night against J.H. Rose, but it made the ones it needed to in the closing seconds to seal a victory.
The Vikings stayed unbeaten in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference and pulled into a tie for first place with their 61-57 home triumph over their crosstown rivals. The game was played five nights after its originally scheduled date thanks to the winter weather that hit Greenville last week.
DHC (8-5, 3-0) is tied with South Central at the top of the league, while Rose (9-4) fell to 1-3 in conference play.
Guard Jahmois Barnhill scored seven of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, all of which came from the free throw line as part of an 11-for-16 team effort from the stripe in the final period. The Vikings used their strong free throw shooting to stave off a Rose rally in the closing seconds, with Johnson going 4-for-6 from the line and Barnhill going 7-for-9, including the game-sealer with 1.2 seconds remaining.
“That was huge,” Conley coach Rob Maloney said. “Jahmois is one of our captains as a junior, and that’s exactly why. He knows how to handle the pressure and looks forward to pressure. In one of our last timeouts, we were trying to draw up what we were going to do if we missed it, and he just looked and said, ‘Don’t worry about it. I’m going to make the free throw,’ and, of course, he made it and that gave us a four-point lead. Pat on the back to him for being a mentally strong athlete.”
Gavin Russell and C.J. Johnson added 10 points apiece for Conley, which outscored Rose 19-12 after a 3-pointer by Creighton Lebo gave the Rampants a 45-42 lead with 6:30 to play.
That was one of four 3-pointers Lebo knocked down en route to a game-high 21 points. Two of them came in the fourth, with the second pulling JHR within three points, 60-57, with two seconds remaining before Barnhill’s final free throw locked up the Conley victory.
The fourth quarter featured four lead changes. A 3-pointer by Keonte Goodman gave Rose its final lead, a 49-48 advantage with 3:58 remaining, but Conley’s Shea Ward, who hit a pair of crucial 3s in the final quarter, gave DHC the lead for good by answering with his second triple with 3:35 left.
Goodman had 13 and was the game’s only other double-figure scorer.
D.H. Conley 57
J.H. Rose 44
Just as Conley’s boys did, DHC’s girls pulled into a tie with South Central for the conference lead by answering a J.H. Rose flurry in the second half with one of their own to pull away for the win.
The Vikings (10-3, 3-0) won for the sixth time in their last seven outings, topping a Rose team (1-13, 0-4) that has lost 11 straight, but the Rampants stayed in this one, using a 7-0 spurt out of halftime to turn a nine-point deficit to just two at 32-30.
Conley, though, owned the rest of the quarter, outscoring JHR 16-5 to finish the quarter with an 11-point advantage and never looking back.
Mackena Batts led DHC with 18 points and Jenna Wooten scored 11. Rose’s Amira Brown led all scorers with 21 points, including four 3-pointers.
South Central’s return to the court after the weather-related layoff was postponed yet again, as the Falcons’ trip to New Bern was unable to be played due to a roof leak in New Bern’s gym.
The Falcons will now travel to take on the Bears on Jan. 29.
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North Pitt 77, North Johnston 64
Matthew Council 18, Deonte Person 17, Dequan Hines 17, Nas Staton 14, Phillip Boykin 6, Jaquez Coffey 5, Jaimeze Arthur 2, Tony Peyton 1.
Record: NP 7-6, 1-1.
D.H. Conley 34, J.H. Rose 19
Leaders: DHC — Lauren Wiles 10, Arianna Crumpler 8.
Record: DHC 7-1.
D.H. Conley 49, J.H. Rose 43