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Buzzer baskets supply highlights for Southern, Cummings boys

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Game-winning shots at the buzzer provided thrilling finishes for a couple of Alamance County boys’ basketball teams recently.

Tyler Moore’s basket off a rebound at the overtime buzzer gave Southern Alamance a 67-65 victory at Eastern Alamance in Friday night’s Central 3-A Conference game.

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Moore finished with 17 points, while teammates Riley Warren and Kolby Kronbergs both had 10 points.

Southern’s Tyler Moore

For the Eagles, who had a six-game winning streak snapped, Jordan Matthews racked up 22 points, Ja’vier Tinnin had 15 points, and Michael Reaves added 14 points.

The good times didn’t continue for Southern, which suffered a 43-40 setback Tuesday night at Western Alamance.

The Warriors, who didn’t score in the first quarter, picked up just their second Central 3-A Conference victory in two seasons.

Western was coming off Friday night’s 61-39 defeat at Roxboro Person.

•Tuesday night at Hillsborough, Eastern Alamance dropped a Central 3-A Conference game by 75-67 at first-place Orange. A victory would have pulled Eastern into a tie for first place.

• Williams won 49-44 at Cedar Ridge with Sam Rhodes leading the way with 13 points, Brian Williams providing 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Milton Turner posting 11 points in Central 3-A Conference play Friday night.

Williams’ Sam Rhodes
Williams’ Brian Williams
Milton Turner

On Tuesday night, Williams lost 68-48 at Roxboro Person despite 20 points from Turner.

• Ja’Kway Robertson scored on a drive at the buzzer when Cummings defeated host Southeast Alamance 68-66 a week ago Wednesday night in the Mid-Carolina Conference.

The sequence didn’t go as the Cavaliers had planned. Robertson’s pass was deflected by Southeast’s Jerry Sims.

“I regained it, was able to catch it, and then went up,” Robertson said of his first winning buzzer shot.

Robertson finished with 15 points. Teammate Ja’Kari Dobbins racked up 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Jamarion Sellars had 11 points.

Davian Edwards posted 23 points and Sims had 17 points for Southeast.

Cummings won again Tuesday night by defeating visiting Bartlett Yancey 62-46.

• Southeast suffered a 74-36 home loss to first-place Northwood, which stormed out to a 38-12 lead by midway through the second quarter Tuesday night. The 40-point margin for a running clock came with about 1:30 left in the third quarter.

Northwood’s Jake Leighton scored 18 points and Drake Powell, a North Carolina signee whose selection for the McDonald’s All-American Game was announced earlier in the day, finished with 16 points. Sims had 21 for Southeast.

“I’m glad to have that game over with,” Southeast coach Bo Williamson said. “Now it’s time to hit our stride.”

SE coach Bo Williamson

On Friday night, Southeast fell 65-55 at Chatham Central despite 20 points and nine rebounds from Sims and 18 points from Brandon McAdoo.

• Graham lost 68-30 at Bartlett Yancey on Friday night and fell 72-61 at home to Seaforth on Tuesday night. That kept the Red Devils winless in the Mid-Carolina Conference.

• Burlington Christian Academy played four games across five days, capped with Tuesday night’s 72-67 home loss vs. Forsyth Country Day School.

A night earlier, BCA nipped visiting Westminster Catawba Christian 64-62.

The busy stretch for the Royals began with Friday’s 81-47 romp at Forsyth Home Educators before Saturday’s 68-52 loss to Bishop McGuinness.

All those results left BCA with a 16-4 record.

 

Cummings’ game suspended
Friday night at Siler City, the game between Cummings and Jordan-Matthews was suspended in the fourth quarter because of a fight in the stands that resulted in criminal charges against a Cummings student.

A news release from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office says that Jamari Jones, 18, knocked down Jordan-Matthews principal April Burko during the melee. A criminal summons was issued for his arrest on an assault charge. Jones was listed as a senior lineman on the 2023 Cummings football roster.

Conflicting reports about the incident have emerged. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office says that the fight was among Cummings fans. Multiple Cummings officials have said that it involved spectators representing both teams. No basketball players were involved.

Cummings led 57-50 with 4:54 to play in a Mid-Carolina Conference matchup. Initially, it appeared the game would resume after the gym was cleared.

“I don’t know what changed,” Cummings coach Chas Criss said.

The completion of the game has been set for February 12, which is the beginning of the final week of the regular season.

“We were behind the whole first half with foul trouble,” Criss said. “We had finally got in control of the game. All of a sudden they blow the whistle and stop the game.”
Cummings opened its season with a 53-51 home victory against Jordan-Matthews.

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