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Falcons win in Raleigh, returning to regional final

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South Central boys' basketball coach Chris Cherry watches his team at Wakefield on Tuesday, March 5 in Raleigh.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RALEIGH — South Central basketball superstar Day’Ron Sharpe said the plan for the third-seed Falcons to defeat second-seeded Wakefield on the road was to “bust them in the mouth.”

He did just that Tuesday night, as the Falcons advanced to the 4-A East Region final Saturday, defeating No. 2 Wakefield 79-45. 

“We played great,” Sharpe said of his team’s performance. “I told them before the game we had to come out here and bust them in the mouth, because we’ve been here three years, going back to the same stage, and it’s finally time to get over that hump.”

Sharpe exploded for a game-high 32 points in the win, while guard Jahzeer Baker continued his string of excellent performances, finishing with 14 points. Shy’Quan Jones added 15 points.

“I’m extremely satisfied,” SC coach Chris Cherry said. “We’re going to our third straight regional, and we’re looking to finish this time.” 

The Falcons will take on No. 1 Millbrook on Saturday in the 4-A East Region final. Details of the event will be released by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association this week.

Tuesday was all South Central from the opening tip, as Jones, Baker and Sharpe teamed up to take a 16-7 lead after the first quarter. 

“We were outstanding tonight,” Cherry said of his squad. “I thought our guard play was outstanding.”

While star Shykeim Phillips finished with just seven points, Baker shot and distributed the ball well in the absence of his teammate’s typical offensive production.

“He’s been sensational in the playoffs,” Cherry said of Baker. “He’s been a leader all year. A lot of times he takes a backseat shooting to get other people involved, but all three years he’s been on varsity he’s played excellent in the playoffs.”

Sharpe made sure to introduce himself to the Wakefield players and fans, slamming down powerful dunks throughout the contest. With the clock running low in the second quarter, Baker took the ball up the court, using a crossover move he beat his defender to give SC a 35-14 lead at the buzzer. 

“It was crazy,” Sharpe said. “We played our ball, we played together. Our game is defense and we feel like we can guard anybody. In these away games in enemy territory we gotta show them we aren’t playing games.”

While the Falcons showed they would not be taken lightly on the court, a large group of supporters, consisting of students, parents and fans, made their voices heard, much to the dismay of Wolverines fans just across the court.  

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


J.H. Rose 5, South Central 3

Clay Stanley pitched the Rampants past crosstown rival South Central on Tuesday night to improve the Rampants to 3-0 this season and 1-0 in conference play.

Rose managed five runs on five hits, while the Falcons had three hits in a game in which the teams combined for numerous errors.

Ryker Galaska blasted a home run to lead the Rampants.


D.H. Conley 19, Eastern Wayne 0

It took just three innings for the Vikings to defeat Eastern Wayne.

DHC was led from the plate by Alexis Phillips (2-2, 4 Rs), Madison Bowers (2-2, 4 Rs), Trinity Nichols (3-3, 2B, 3B, 3 Rs) and Anna Sawyer (2-3, GS, 5 RBIs).

The Vikings finished with 19 runs on 17 hits, while committing no errors. Defensively, they held the Warriors to just two hits.

Conley will host Corinth Holders tonight at 4:30 p.m.

Southside 19, North Pitt 0

The Panthers endured a rough outing, being shut out by Southside on Tuesday.

Jordan Burroughs and Grayson Meeks were bright spots at the plate with one hit apiece.


South Central 6, Northern Nash 1

The Falcons advanced to 2-0 March 1, after defeating Northern Nash.

The Falcons were led by Tyran Thompson’s hat trick performance, with Natalie Haldeman adding another two goals. Malak Abulada tallied the final score of the game.

SC will host Southern Wayne Thursday.


Ayden-Grifton 8, Riverside 1

The Chargers evened their record at 1-1 with an easy win, getting singles victories from Axel Hernandez, Evan Eadus, Ryan Baxter, Wyatt Dosch and Brandon Smith.

In the doubles round, Garcia-Hernandez, Eadus-Baxter and Dosch/Smith completed a sweep for A-G, which hosts East Carteret on Tuesday.

Parrott Academy 7, Faith 2

Parrott opened the season with a win over Faith Christian on Monday, riding singles wins from William Hill, J. Allen Smith, Thomas Grubb and John Grice.

The Parrott tandems of Hill/Smith, Bland/Qadir and Grubb/Grice. APA played at Rocky Mount Academy on Tuesday.


Boys Soccer

Hope 7, Ayden 1

Hope stayed unbeaten at 3-0 thanks to two-goal games from Corbin Jefferson and Marissa Sutton on Tuesday.

Also notching goals for Hope were Jonah Chatham, Steven Cocolas and Coen Thompson.


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