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Facing an opponent missing two of its leading scorers, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team, in the opinion of head coach Rob Salter, went through the motions in the first half Thursday night.
Greenfield led 35-30, and the Knights were finding themselves second to loose balls.
In the second half, the Knights’ effort picked up considerably as Greenfield outpaced Greenville Pope John Paul II 27-10 in the third quarter on the way to a 87-58 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference win.
The Knights moved to 15-6 overall and 3-0 in CPIC play ahead of a rivalry clash at home against Wayne Country Day on Friday night.
“The first half, they beat us to every 50-50 ball,” Salter said. “The defense got us going. We caused havoc defensively in the second half and did a better job anticipating passes.”
Seniors Coby White and Elijah McCadden each had a double-double, with White collecting 30 points and 10 rebounds. McCadden added 16 points and 13 boards.
Sophomore Jacari Outlaw netted 13 points as the third GFS player in double figures.
POPE JOHN PAUL II (58)
Guilford 13, Wilks 4, Wooland 2, Yarrell 8, Forrest 17, Payton 14.
White 30, McCadden 16, Bailey 8, Outlaw 13, Baker 9, Pittman 7, Foster 2, Andreasen 2.
Score by quarters:
Pope John Paul II 18 12 10 18 — 58