ROUNDUP: A-G drops close one
By COREY JONES
The Daily Reflector
Friday, January 12, 2018
LITTLEFIELD — Greene Central closed strong, stretching its win streak to four games after beating Ayden-Grifton 70-63 on Friday night in boys’ basketball action.
A-G senior Justice Barber tied the game at 63-63 after making two clutch free throws with 1:55 left to play. The Rams (11-4) answered with a 7-0 run, making the game out of reach for the Chargers (7-6).
Turnovers were a factor for both teams, but missed free throws were a major downfall for the Chargers as they ended the night with 18 missed foul shots.
“We fought our way back in but we gave it away by taking bad shots in the end,” A-G coach John Kyle Moye said. “Defensively I thought we did pretty good, forcing turnovers. But I think we lost the game at the end on free throws.”
GC rallied to go up by 12 points late in the first quarter. But the Chargers also rallied and cut into the deficit, going into halftime down by seven.
The third quarter was back and forth. Jayvion Cook showed his crafty handles and kicked the ball out to Barber, who hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 48-all with 1:30 left in the third for one of the ties in the second half.
Barber scored 18, Leontae Moye had 14 and Jordan Atkinson 12 for A-G. GC had four starters with double-digit points: Donte Johnson (20), Imajae Dodd (14), Don’Quez Davis (13) and Rhaheem Edwards (12).
Ayden-Grifton remained winless after Greene Central downed the Chargers, 50-44.
A loose ball during the game led to a scrum of players and four players with technical fouls. GC went to the line and cut the lead by the Chargers (0-12) to one point with free throws. The Rams (3-9) marched back down the court and picked up momentum on a three-point play for a two-point lead with 2:14 left in the third quarter.
The Chargers went into halftime with a nine-point edge, but Greene Central surged in the third and never looked back.
North Johnston 63
North Pitt 55
Langley 33, Kerns 2, Watson 4, Hines 7, Frizzell 9.
John Paul II 35
Christ Covenant 12
Lacy Ross 18, Megan Zelaski 5, Nicole Wynn 12.
B. Bacon 6, B. Carroll 4, J. McKee 2.
Parrott Academy 34
Harrells Christian 20
APA: Kim Seibert – 22 (7 rebounds), Darci Basden – 5, Scarlett Combs – 4, Kaelyn Langston - 3.
South Central 95
CB Aycock 31
SC leading scorers: Shykiem Phillips 16, Jahzeer Baker 9, Luke Davis 7, Travon Ward 10, Day’ron Sharpe 15.
Parrott Academy 76
Harrells Christian 72
APA: AJ Banker – 31 (5 rebounds), Kris Wooten – 22, Matthew Huntley – 9, Caleb Jones – 6, Nick Harrison – 3, Trey McLawhorn - 1.
JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
DH Conley 39
New Bern 15
Conley Leaders: Lauren Wiles 14, Nadiayah Randolph 9, Summer Hart 6.
Wellcome 47, Bethel 15
Leading scorers: B — Tanisa Jenkins 6; W — Zamari Jones 17.
Hope 30, PS Jones 9
Leaders: H -— Kylah Silver 9, Charlazer Jordan 8, Trinity Nichols 6.