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Rebounding struggles cripple NJ

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KENLY — Rebounding struggles proved more than the host North Johnston High varsity boys basketball team could overcome in dropping a 75-64 2-A Eastern Plains Conference decision to North Pitt on Wednesday evening.

Coming off a league win against Beddingfield the previous evening, the Panthers fell to 1-2 in the conference and to 8-6 against all foes.

‘We killed ourelves on the boards,,” commented North Johnston head coach Chris Batten. “Outside of rebounding, we did a lot well. But we gave up 20 offensive rebounds in the first half alone. We were a little better but still gave up nine more in the second half.

“It’s hard to win when you give second and third opportunities, and we have to get better about gaining possession whe we get defensive stops. We spent too much energy playing decent defense to not rebound any better than we did.”

North Johnston fell behind 22-16 after one quarter and managed to outscore North Pitt only in the third quarter. That margin was one point.

Senior Rakim Stancil drilled in a season-high 27 points for the Panthers, while senior Kameron Williams bucketed 20.

North Johnston connected on six shots from 3-point land, whith Stancil knocking down three and Williams a pair.

NORTH PITT (75)

Scoring not available

NORTH JOHNSTON (64)

Hinnant 5, Stancil 27, Whitley 6, Williams 20, Foye 6.

Score by quarters:

North Pitt 22 11 20 22 — 75

North Johnston 16 11 21 16 — 64

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