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In the end, the defensive lapses that plagued the Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team in the third quarter turned around just in time during Tuesday night’s nonconference clash with Charles B. Aycock.
With CBA senior Alijuan Moore pestering the Bruins for 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter — forcing Beddingfield head coach Jeremy Howard to look for defensive answers from his reserves — the Golden Falcons used their transition game to take a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
However, behind the contributions of senior C.J. Williams off the bench and the insertion of the 6-foot guard at the top of Beddingfield’s half-court trap, the Bruins limited the Golden Falcons to just a single basket in the fourth quarter en route to a 50-46 victory.
“We made an adjustment in our half-court trap, and we’ve been putting some size up top,” Howard said. “We moved him up there, and he was everywhere. We give out little chains at the end of the night, and he’s the first one to receive two of them. Attitude, defense — he was really getting after it.”
The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bruins, who play at county rival Hunt on Friday night, evened their record at 2-2. CBA, a 3-A member of the split 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, lost its third straight game and tumbled to 1-5.
Beddingfield took control with a 9-0 run that extended from the end of the third quarter into the fourth. Williams, who bucketed all eight of his points in the second half, hit a 3-pointer to tie it, and back-to-back second-chance baskets by junior Kaleb Harris and senior Avery Huggins extended the margin to 50-44.
“Coach came in the locker room and said we had to tighten up,” Williams said. “We just needed more effort on defense, so that’s what we did — put more effort on defense.”
CBA got no closer then the final margin the rest of the way, and Beddingfield boosted its cause with a proficient 14-of-16 showing at the foul line. The Bruins only attempted two free throws in the second half.
“The effort was there,” CBA head coach Dave Elmore said. “The biggest thing is, late in games when it’s close, the mental lapses of a shot goes up, I’ve got to find a man and box out instead of watching the ball. That was the difference in the game, they got offensive rebounds late in the game, where if we secure those rebounds on defense, we win that game, I feel like.”
Huggins had 14 points and seven rebounds to go along with three blocks, while Harris had six points and 10 boards.
Now, Beddingfield turns its attention to county matters after dropping its first tilt at Fike.
“Hunt’s not going to care that we beat Aycock by four, and they’re not going to care that we lost to Fike by seven,” Howard said. “When the ball tips off, they’re going to be trying to beat us, and we’re going to try to beat them.”
C.B. AYCOCK (46)
Peronzini 6, Moore 17, Walker 7, Poindexter, Lane 4, Reid 2, Williams 4, Jackson, Dixon 6.
Huggins 14, Highsmith 8, Williams 8, Coley 9, Hutckerson 1, Harris 6, Dove 2, Edwards 2.
Score by quarters:
C.B. Aycock 12 16 16 2 — 46
Beddingfield 16 15 10 9 — 50