AREA ROUNDUP: Tigers emerge from wild 4th quarter, defeat Holy Rams

From staff reports
Posted 1/17/19

A 34-26 fourth-quarter run led the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team past Raleigh Word of God on Thursday night, as the Tigers secured an 83-76 victory.

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AREA ROUNDUP: Tigers emerge from wild 4th quarter, defeat Holy Rams

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A 34-26 fourth-quarter run led the host Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team past Raleigh Word of God on Thursday night, as the Tigers secured an 83-76 victory.

Two Tigers (11-4) seniors, Tyronne Whitaker and Righteous Tomlin, had big games to beat the Holy Rams (18-7).

Whitaker had 29 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Tomlin finished with a massive double-double 26 points and 21 rebounds. Sophomore Nasir Blackston also had a double-double, notching 14 points and five points grabbed 11 rebounds, five blocks and two steals.

The Tigers will welcome in Bull City Prep on Saturday at 1 p.m. and visit Word of God for a rematch on Monday.


This story was corrected to show that the game was played at Wilson Prep, not in Raleigh as was reported to the Times.


Whitaker 29, Tomlin 26, Blackston 14, McTaggart 4, Taylor 3, Sanders 3, Artis 3, Gray 1


No scorers available.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Prep 23 12 14 34 83

Word of God 25 16 9 26 76

Chargers stiff-arm Halifax Academy 64-55

ROANOKE RAPIDS — After an 0-7 start to the season, the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team is on the precipice of the .500 mark.

Senior Brice Murray led the way with 21 points to pace four Chargers in double figures, and WCA rode a solid defensive effort on the road to get past Halifax Academy with a 64-55 win.

WCA, which led 34-19 at the half, moved to 8-9 overall ahead of Friday’s homecoming game with Goldsboro Faith Christian. Sophomore Seth Thompson had 13 points, with freshman Destin Melvin and senior Zach Hunter each finishing with 11. Junior Harrison Parker was held out for rest purposes.

“After a strong run from Halifax, our team worked well to move the ball forcing them to foul in the end,” Wilson Christian head coach Kevin Zander said. “Our defense held strong to hold off a team that kept fighting.”

Halifax, coached by former Northern Nash High head coach Rick Ruffin, dropped to 3-14. Sophomore Ayden Woodall led the Vikings with 14.


Murray 21, Dehart 1, Hunter 11, Denmark, Blalock, Thompson 13, Paul, Melvin 11, Peacock 7, Little.


Garrett 12, Harris 11, Hardee 6, Keeter 2, Rose 6, Woodall 14.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian 16 18 19 11 64

Halifax Acad. 13 6 18 18 55


WCA dominates glass to beat Halifax Academy

ROANOKE RAPIDS — Behind the exhaustive rebounding work of seniors McKenna Griffin and Christy Jones, the Wilson Christian varsity girls basketball team outrebounded host Halifax Academy by 22 on Thursday night, using the disparity to get to the foul line frequently en route to a 53-44 victory.

In improving to 13-4 overall, the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East region Lady Chargers defeated Halifax for the second time this season. 

Both Halifax (13-2) losses have come at the hands of Wilson Christian.

Griffin, who was 8 for 11 at the free-throw line, posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jones led the way on the glass with 18 rebounds, 13 of the offensive variety. Juniors Olivia Vick and Ashley Hartsfield each had 10 points, with sophomore Lea Gossett adding eight. Veteran head coach Brian Trull credited the floor leadership of Gossett, who played over 29 minutes. WCA had just seven turnovers in the second half, while forcing Halifax into 27.

As a team, the Lady Chargers were 19 of 29 from the foul line. Ashton Garner led Halifax with 15 points, but WCA’s superiority inside helped contain Lady Vikings’ post Emerson Poole. While Poole finished with 12 points, the 6-footer fouled out in the fourth quarter of play.

Wilson Christian hosts Goldsboro Faith Christian on Friday for homecoming in a game that won’t count in the NCCSA 2-A East standings.


Griffin 20, Vick 10, Hartsfield 10, Gossett 8, Jones 4, Carnes 1, Barnes, Tant, Reams.


Garner 15, Poole 12, Suiter 10, Hudson 5, Lyles 2.

Score by quarters:

Wilson Christian 9 17 14 13 53

Halifax Acad. 9 10 14 11 44

Lady Knights clip Pungo Academy in fourth, 39-36

The Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team received timely shooting from the free-throw line, including an 8-for-10 showing from junior Kaelyn Wall as the Lady Knights collected their 10th victory against three losses with a 39-36 nonconference win over Belhaven Pungo Academy on Thursday.

Greenfield, a 1-A member of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, was led by Wall’s double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Eighth grader Serenity McNair had nine points and four assists, while eighth grader Jeallen Holland tallied eight points. On the backboards, senior Sumer Hassan pulled down eight rebounds.

Pungo (13-3), playing out of the 1-A Tarheel Conference, held the lead until approximately four minutes remaining, when Greenfield pushed ahead with the aid of its defense. Head coach Bruce Wall said steals turned into layups at that time.

Lauren Kellie Ricks led Pungo with 10 points.

Greenfield is the guest of archrival Wayne Country Day on Friday.


Allen 3, Spencer 7, Burroughs 2, Cutler 6, Williams 8, Ricks 10.


McNair 9, Stone 4, Wall 14, Holland 8, Hassan 4, Parker.


WPA comes back to beat Word of God 72-64

The Wilson Prep Academy boys basketball team picked up a comeback 72-64 win over Word of God Christian Academy on Thursday. After trailing the Holy Rams (1-2)  for most of the game, a big 23-6 run in the fourth quarter gave the Tigers (13-4) a win. Sophomore Devyn Bullock had a monsterous double-double of 26 points, 20 rebounds, seven blocks, and five steals. Cameron Bryant also chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds. Junior Deshaun Williams had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Tigers coast past Southern Wake, 65-34

The Wilson Prep boys basketball team used a strong opening quarter to coast to a 65-34 win over Southern Wake Academy on Wednesday.

Sophomore Devyn Bullock had 14 points for the Tigers (12-4), with freshman Jerome Bridgers adding eight. Sophomores Isaiah Parker, James Cooper and Majesty Felder each had seven.

Wilson Prep visits Raleigh Word of God on Monday.