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Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf boys basketball junior Jeremiah Deans dropped a career-high 48 points Tuesday night, but was thwarted by Community Christian’s Jimmy Forte and Eric Wynn. The high-scoring duo combined for 66 points, as the Cyclones won 92-56 at Williamson Gym on the ENCSD campus.
Junior guard Forte had his fourth game of 30 points or more this season with 40 points. The Cyclones (5-4), the rare visitor in the gym they usually call home, are 3-1 when Forte scores 30 or more.
“Jimmy is going to give you everything he’s got, no matter who he’s playing,” CCS head coach Kenneth Atkinson said. “Jimmy is an awesome player. Jimmy is going to be real awesome for somebody in the future, because I think he going to step his game up to the next level.”
Wynn, a 6-foot-8 freshman, contributed big time in the middle with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a block.
“Eric is probably a 25-point player every game if he would really pack down in the middle like I want him to,” Atkinson said. “He does have a really nice outside shot. But he’s coming around.”
Deans was hard to stop as he found much success in the mid range. Atkinson said his team focused on stopping Deans from operating where he likes, but couldn’t stop him.
“The kid (Deans), he comes to the middle a lot, and I wanted to stop that from happening and let him play his game from the outside. The kid is really good,” Atkinson said.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (92)
Forte 40, Wynn 26, Lane 9, Moran, Jo. Williams, Manning 4, McFarland 4, Piccalo 3, Je. Williams 2, Egerton 4, Fate
Dean 48, Brayboy, Robinson 5, Butler, Carlton 1, Eason 2
Score by quarters:
CCS 22 21 20 29 — 92
ENCSD 7 17 13 19 — 56