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BENSON — For the second time this season, Fike staved off a challenge by C.B. Aycock to claim a tournament championship as the Golden Demons rode three individual championships and three runner-up finishes to the Wildcat Invitational title Saturday at West Johnston High.
The Demons, who clipped Aycock at its Falcon Invitational in late December, posted 187.5 points to 169 for the Golden Falcons, who were second in the 21-team field of mostly Triangle schools. Senior Aaron Bancroft and juniors Patrick McCullen and Jayleen Bullock won weight-class titles for Fike while senior Jahmez Settles and juniors Zametrie Bagley and Vincent Page each placed second in their respective divisions.
It was the third individual tourney title for Fike, which also won the Pierce-Davis Memorial at North Pitt in early December, and the fifth overall team championship, including the Demons’ own Wickham Duals and the 3-A Big East Conference duals.
Aycock was led by its two unbeaten seniors, Christian Decatur at 113 pounds and Tyler Hughes at 152 pounds, while Omar Tucker and Canon Barrett recorded second-place finishes.
Bancroft, the 2019 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A champion at 160 pounds, pinned all three of his opponents Saturday to win the 170-pound title and raise his season mark to 41-0.
McCullen emerged with his three tournament title of the season at 145 pounds, improving to 40-5, while Bullock stands 38-3 after winning by fall, major decision and a 7-2 decision in the 195-pound final.
Settles won three matches by fall before dropping an 8-3 decision to Tyler Tracy of Pittsboro Northwood in the 106-pound final. Settles exited 36-8.
Bagley just missed being the fourth Fike champion as he lost 4-2 to Hunter Berryhill of Overhills in the 182-pound championship match. Bagley, now 32-14, pinned his first two opponents.
Page (25-6) won his first at 152 pounds before running into Hughes in the final, where the CBA senior fashioned a 15-3 major decision for his 48th straight victory this season. Hughes collected two pins to reach the final.
Decatur, who won two state titles at Rosewood before transferring to Aycock for his senior season, reeled off three straight wins by fall before getting a technical fall (17-2) against Green Hope’s Jackson Early in the 113-pound final. It was his 50th win this season and 141st straight over three seasons.
Barrett (39-8) lost to Hope Mills South View’s Ryan Delaney by fall in the 120 final while Tucker (29-7) was pinned by Western Harnett’s Will Lewis in the 132 championship.
Colby Perry (145) and William Carter (220) each took third place for Aycock while Falcons’ junior Turner Bass was fourth at 195.
Fike’s Barrett Klutey was became just third Golden Demons freshman under head coach Bradley Watson to place in a tournament by taking third place at 120 pounds.
The Demons are scheduled to compete in a quad match Tuesday at South Central along with Hunt and Pasquotank and then the Big East individual tournament Saturday at Southern Nash, while the Falcons have the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference championship ahead on Friday at Eastern Wayne.
As champions of their respective conferences, Fike and Aycock have qualified for the NCHSAA 3-A dual-team playoffs, set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 4.
SWE bounces back to beat Tarboro
PINETOPS — After a disappointing 2-A Eastern Plains Conference overtime loss at home to Beddingfield on Friday, the SouthWest Edgecombe varsity girls basketball team rebounded with 61-48 non conference triumph over county rival Tarboro on Saturday.
In beating the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference Lady Vikings for the third time this season, the Lady Cougars improved to 11-6. Freshman Jer’lisah Pridgen, who had a career-high scoring night Friday, had the hot hand again for SouthWest with a team-high 18 points to go with five steals. Senior Bailey Davis, who was honored before Friday’s game for scoring her 1,000th career point earlier in the week, had 15 points and junior point guard Jada Battle added 10 points. Junior center Alone Smallwood contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
Tarboro (7-9) was led by Alyssa Brake’s 22 points.
The Lady Cougars return to EPC play Tuesday at North Johnston.
Brake 22, Jones 8, McNeil 7, Coleman 6, Rountree 2, J. Guilford 2, N. Guilford 1.
SW EDGECOMBE (61)
Pridgen 18, Davis 15, Battle 10, Smallwood 8, N. McKinney 3, Thigpen 2, Jenkins 1, Dunn 4.
Score by quarters:
Tarboro 5 15 18 10 — 48
SWE 11 18 16 16 — 61
Aycock blasted by South Central
WINTERVILLE — Visiting C.B. Aycock had no answer for South Central in Friday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference varsity girls basketball game, losing 56-17 to the 4-A Lady Falcons.
The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons, who trailed 34-7 at the half, dropped to 9-8 overall and 2-5 in the ECC. Senior Victoria Patnaude led CBA with six points.
The Lady Golden Falcons will continue ECC play Tuesday at Southern Wayne.
C.B. AYCOCK (17)
Oliver 3, Patnaude 6, Mason 1, Spruill 5, Parrish 2.
SOUTH CENTRAL (56)
No scoring information available.
Score by quarters:
C.B. Aycock 6 1 7 3 — 17
South Central 18 16 16 6 — 56
Foul trouble dooms SWE vs. Tarboro
PINETOPS — Foul trouble played a pivotal role as SouthWest Edgecombe lost to county varsity boys basketball rival Tarboro for the first time in three meetings this season in a 75-61 outcome night at the Cougars’ Sandra Shelton Langley Gymnasium. It was the fourth Saturday out of the last five that SouthWest has played a game.
With heralded 6-foot-5 senior Keishon Porter and 6-7 senior forward Zach Sledge having to sit for most of the second quarter, the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Cougars (13-4) took a 40-29 lead into halftime. But the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference Vikings (10-4) rallied to trim that advantage to a single point entering the fourth quarter.
Late in the third, Cougars senior Dorian Ruffin, who had a game-high 26 points in Friday’s win over Beddingfield, left the floor with his fifth foul.
“He’s one of our best defenders,” SWE head coach Shelton Langley said. “That hurt us when he came out. It hurt us when KP (Porter) and Zach had to sit in the first half.”
The Cougars fell apart soon after as the Vikings outscored SWE 25-16 in the final period.
Porter’s 24 points led the Cougars while Ruffin finished with 12 points and senior Slate Hinton added 11.
Junior guard Ke’Nazius Black’s 23 points paced the Vikings.
SouthWest hits the road for an important EPC test Tuesday at North Johnston.
Black 23, Johnson 15, K. Johnson 14, Williams 9, Harrison 6, Massenburg 4, Pettaway 4.
SW EDGECOMBE (61)
Porter 24, Ruffin 12, Hinton 11, Wilkins 7, Sledge 5, Wright 5, Mayo 3.
Score by quarters:
Tarboro 6 23 21 25 — 75
SWE 20 20 11 16 — 67
Millard leads CBA to 14th win
WINTERVILLE — McKenzie Millard had a game-high 14 points as the C.B. Aycock girls basketball team pulled out an 18-14 victory Friday at South Central.
The victory was the 14th straight for the unbeaten 3-A Lady Golden Falcons as they improved to 7-0 in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
South Central, a 4-A ECC member, fell to 4-4 and 1-3 in conference.