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Neither the Fike High nor the SouthWest Edgecombe varsity boys basketball team actually finished well Wednesday night.
However, Fike constructed a big enough lead through three quarters to hang on for a 61-56 nonconference victory in the Fike High gym Wednesday night.
The Golden Demons emerged with their fifth win against three losses despite going without a field goal the final six minutes and staying out front despite sinking but 3 of their last 12 free throws in the closing minutes.
SouthWest of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference lost to Fike for the second time in falling to 0-4.
The Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference visit East Wake on Friday, while SouthWest is the guest of Northwest Halifax.
With senior Elijahwon Cooper drilling in all 10 of his points in the third quarter, the Demons constructed a 54-43 margin with a quarter remaining. Cooper canned Fike’s last six points of the the quarter.
But a shooting drought, influenced by ill-advised shots, ensued for Fike.
The Cougars capitalized. A dunk from Savion Staton, a putback from T.J. Harris, a three-point play and another bucket from Staton chopped Fike’s lead to 58-56 with two minutes, 30 seconds still remaining.
From that point, the Cougars of head coach Shelton Langley missed an open 3-point look, committed a traveling violation, failed to finish a drive and missed three free throws.
A foul toss from senior Jayvon Green, and a pair from junior Jaylen Ward were enough to keep Fike out front.
Fike head coach Brent Secrest admitted the strategy of exhausting the clock and settling for high-percentage shots in the final quarter didn’t work.
“We are just a better team when we play up-tempo,” he declared.
“I think the back-to-back games got to us a little bit. We didn’t take care of the basketball at the end. SouthWest capitalized and made it close. Then, we had to work for it.”
Moses Parker’s 13 points topped the Fike scoring, while Jaylen Ward bucketed 12 and Cooper 10.
The Cougars got a game-high 17 points from Savian Staton, 14 from Keshon Pitt and 10 from Keisha Porter.
“It’s a win,” Secrest reasoned, “and it doesn’t always have to be pretty.”
SW EDGECOMBE (56)
Staton 17, Cobb 8, Pitt 14, Williams, Porter 10, Lewis 3, Jones 2, Harris 2.
Ward 12, Cooper 10, Dickerson 8, Hillard 2, Horne 2, Cooper, Green 9, Atkinson 1, Brayboy 4, Parker 13.
Score by quarters:
SW Edgecombe 13 17 13 13 — 56
Fike 15 21 18 7 — 61