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AREA ROUNDUP: Firebirds fall in overtime, 74-67

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ROCKY MOUNT — The bid of the Southern Nash High varsity boys basketball team for a second straight 3-A Big East Conference road win fizzled in overtime with a 74-67 loss to Rocky Mount on Friday night.

The Firebirds rallied from a 33-28 halftime deficit to force overtime with a 58-58 score at the end of the regulation.

Southern Nash owned the final chance for victory in regulation. Senior Darius Edmundson failed to connect on a layup and freshman Jackson Vick missed on the putback.

In the high-scoring overtime, the Firebirds committed turnovers on three consecutive possessions and Rocky Mount capitalized by taking a six-point lead. Southern Nash crept as close as two points.

The outcome left the Firebirds at 1-3 in the Big East and 9-7 overall. The Gryphons improved to 1-2 in the conference and 11-4 against all foes. Southern Nash completes the first half of conference play at home against Franklinton on Tuesday.

Pacing the Firebirds against the Gryphons were Edmundson and junior Chris Allen with 18 points each. Senior Artavius Allen and Vick netted 10 points each.

Knights outlast WCD in double OT

GOLDSBORO — Another classic installment in the Greenfield-Wayne Country Day varsity boys basketball rivalry played out Friday night in WCD’s gymnasium.

With the Knights holding a six-point lead with a minute left in regulation, missed foul shots and turnovers allowed Wayne Country Day to get back into it, and a 3-pointer from senior Bryson Baker to win the game was off the mark, forcing overtime.

But following a 3-pointer from junior Collin Guilford with two seconds remaining in the first overtime, the Knights outpaced the Chargers 9-2 in the fourth quarter to eke out an 85-78 victory.

Greenfield secured its 20th win against four losses and improved to 5-0 against 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference opposition. Wayne Country Day fell to 11-9 in all games, 2-2 within the CPIC.

Junior Jacari Outlaw led the way for Greenfield with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Pittman, a junior, added a  double-double of 16 points ad 11 rebounds. In addition to his game-tying 3-pointer in overtime, Guilford finished with 15 points and eight assists. 

Creighton Lebo was the fourth Knight in double figures with 13 points. Greenfield was without junior point guard Dji Bailey.

Buoyed by Outlaw, Greenfield was 14 for 22 from the free-throw line. 

 

GREENFIELD (85)

Baker 4, Guilford 15, Pittman 16, Lebo 13, Outlaw 24, Lynch 8, Holland 5, Foster.

WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (78)

Raven 4, Whitfield 24, Cooper 16, Metcalf 14, Outlaw 14, Rose 6.

 

Score by quarters:

Greenfield 20 15 12 23 6 9 85

WCD 16 14 14 26 6 2 78

 

WRESTLING

CBA posts 3 wins in Cleveland duals

CLAYTON — The Charles B. Aycock High wrestling team completed its regular season with a 3-2 showing in the RAM Duals at Cleveland High on Saturday.

The Golden Falcons of head coach Brian Doyle posted a 19-13 record. However, the mark was not good enough for CBA to qualify for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A dual playoffs for the 23rd consecutive yea r.

“It will be strange not wrestling that week when the playoffs begin,” Doyle said. “I know we have a good enough squad to be in the playoffs, but we simply did not wrestle well enough in our conference matches this season, and that was the difference.”

At Cleveland, the Falcons defeated South Johnston, Neuse Charter and Swansboro, but lost to Rosewood and Cleveland.

Four CBA wrestlers finished unbeaten, led by junior Turner Hughes and sophomore Turner Bass at 5-0. Senior Torrence Franklin and sophomore Omar Tucker each finished 4-0. Junior Canon Barrett compiled a 4-1 worksheet. Notching three wins were senior Alex Soroka and sophomores William Carter, Johnathan Parks and Kevin Dickenson.

The Falcons finished 3-3 in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference duals after splitting a pair of matches in the final conference match at Southern Wayne on Friday.

The Golden Falcons were pinned 58-18 by New Bern but posted a 57-24 conquest of Eastern Wayne.

Franklin, Soroka, Tyler and sophomore Kevin Dickenson each won both their matches.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY

Fike stays perfect in league contests

ROCKY MOUNT — The Fike girls basketball team remained undefeated in the Big East Conference with a 50-39 win at Northern Nash on Friday.

The Lady Golden Demons climbed to 4-0 in the league and complete the first half of conference play at home against archrival Hunt on Tuesday.

Triggering the Fike attack were Caitlyn Graziani with 15 points, Jenieya Anderson with 14, Regina Barber with 11, and Lindsey Curlings with nine.

Wilson Christian climbs above .500

The host Wilson Christian boys basketball team climbed above .500 Friday night with a 34-24 win against Faith Christian of Goldsboro.

The Chargers rallied from a 17-16 halftime deficit to claim their ninth win against eight losses.

Leading Wilson Christian were Will Hoskins with 14 points and Matthew Wood with 13.

Hunt posts first conference victory

The Hunt High girls basketball team notched its first Big East Conference victory by rallying to a 30-24 conquest of visiting Southern Nash on Tuesday.

The Lady Warriors, now 1-2 in the conference and 6-4 overall, trailed 17-14 at halftime.

Kentasia Taylor triggered Hunt with 10 points, while Madison Mercer netted seven.

Hunt was coming off a 29-25 conference loss at Rocky Mount. The Lady Gryphons owned a 14-8 halftime advantage.

Leading Lady Warriors’ scorers were Mercer with nine points and Madeline Ellis with eight.

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