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By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, January 13, 2018

GARNER — The last time South Central and Leesville Road met, it ended in a gut-wrenching defeat for the Falcons in last year's 4-A East Regional finals.

When the two teams met Saturday as part of the Garner Showcase at South Garner High School, SC guard Shykeim Phillips was determined to make sure that didn't happen again.

Phillips scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a 9-for-10 effort from the free throw line in the final eight minutes, to help the Falcons stave off the Pride and maintain their unbeaten record with a 79-67 victory.

South Central improved to 12-0 in its second game in as many days, following a 95-31 drubbing of C.B. Aycock on Friday night in the Falcons' first game since Dec. 28. Coach Chris Cherry's club is halfway through a stretch of four games in five days, and will play Monday in a Martin Luther King Day showcase at Athens Drive before hosting J.H. Rose on Tuesday.

"I liked the resolve of my team," said Cherry, whose team has won every game this season by double figures. "(Leesville Road) shot the (heck) out of the ball and we weathered that. I thought our pressure wore on them as the game went on, but you've got to give them credit."

The Falcons were originally scheduled to play Wilson's Greenfield School in the event, but Greenfield dropped out last week and was replaced by Leesville Road.

Saturday's meeting was the first between the two teams since the Pride bested SC in last year's regional finals, a 44-43 result that came after Phillips was whistled for a foul in the closing seconds of a tie game that gave Leesville Road an opportunity at what became the game-winning free throws.

Phillips made sure no such drama occurred at South Garner. After LR cut a nine-point Falcons lead to just one, 62-61, midway through the fourth, the junior guard answered with his own personal 6-0 run to extend SC's advantage back out to seven with 3:52 to play.

The Pride would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Phillips and Tahj Reddick combined to make nine free throws in the final two and a half minutes to seal the win in a performance Phillips insisted had nothing to do with righting the wrong of last year's bitter defeat.

"It was just another game," he said. "What happened last year is what happened and it's in the past. We just treated it like another game, and just came in here and tried to get the win."

Day'ron Sharpe posted a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Reddick had 17 and Jahzeer Baker added 14.

Cherry, too, said there was no thought of redemption against the Pride. Instead of focusing on how last season ended, he was more interested in learning about his team's determination level in the midst of a tough stretch he hopes will prepare it for the postseason.

"(It's about) our resolve and seeing if we can go play night after night," Cherry said, "because with the weather we've been having, there's always that chance when you get in the playoffs that you may run into a situation where you have to play back-to-back nights, so we're looking forward to it."

Contact Jordan Anders at janders@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @ReflectorJordan on Twitter.

D.H. Conley 63, Southern Wayne 60

DHC (63)

Jahmois Barnhill 24, Gavin Russell 3, Fuller Lawson 7, Coleman Ferrell 8, Tremaine Pugh 3, C.J. Johnson 10, Lashawn Owens 8.

Record: DHC 10-5, 5-0.

Up next: DHC at South Central on Friday.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

North Pitt 64, Riverside 60

NP (64)

Nyjanique Langley 25, Casandra Watson 11, Ashanti Hines 4, Tjuanna Williams 7, Tamia Frizzell 17.

Record: NP 11-4.

Up next: SouthWest Edgecombe at NP on Monday.

JV GIRLS' BASKETBALL

D.H. Conley 29, Southern Wayne 7

DHC leaders — Kayla Smallwood 8, Summer Hart 5, Valentino Cavillo 5.

Record: DHC 9-1.

JV BOYS' BASKETBALL

D.H. Conley 42, Southern Wayne 41

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Conley girls win, boys 2nd

GIRLS

Team scores: Conley 233, Swansboro 172, Croatan 158, West Carteret 78, Jacksonville 68, Northside 1.

DHC event winners: 200M relay — Lauren Hill, Abigail Burns, Virginia Kohake, Ruth McGee (2:02.89); 200 free — Burns (2:06.14); 50 free — McGee (26.23); 100 fly — Kohake (1:12.09); 500 free — McGee (6:01.64); 200 free relay — Hill, Julia Kohake, Virginia Kohake, Burns (1:53.51); 100 back — Hannah Higgins (1:13.74) 100 breast — Burns (1:13.25); 400 free relay — Hill, Virginia Kohake, Higgins, McGee (4:20.40).

BOYS

Team scores: Croatan 227, Conley 165, Swansboro 144, West Carteret 84, Jacksonville 59, Northside 4.

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