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Eagles crank up big second half to beat Southern boys – plus conference standings heading into final weekend of regular season

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Eastern Alamance got rolling in the second half and that was enough for the Eagles in an intense 57-52 comeback victory against host Southern Alamance in Central 3-A Conference boys’ basketball Tuesday night.

The result allowed the Eagles to avenge an overtime loss from last month and clinch second place.

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“We came out to play in the second half,” Eastern coach Parrish Walker said. “We all knew this was for second place. We’re trying to solidify our spot in the conference.”

The Eagles scored the final six points, including Jordan Matthews’ go-ahead 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play. Matthews made two free throws with 19.3 seconds left and finished with 13 points. Ja’vier Tinnin had 14 points, while Jalen Alston and Jayden Adams each provided 10 points. The Eagles were without starting guard Michael Reaves (knee injury).

Jordan Moore had given Southern its final lead. He also converted a three-point play late in the second quarter, but Eastern turned a 31-21 halftime deficit into a 46-43 lead going to the fourth quarter.

“We just didn’t come back out with the same energy,” Southern coach Dylan Eppley said. “We needed to put a stop to (Eastern’s surge) quickly. We just couldn’t find it in the second half.”

Riley Warren’s three-point play helped stem the Eagles’ momentum briefly in the third quarter, but the Eagles ended the quarter on a 9-1 run.

Tyler Moore paced Southern with 14 points, Chris Epps had 12 points and Jordan Moore ended up with 10 points.

On Friday night, Eastern lost 74-69 at Roxboro Person despite Matthews’ 27 points, while Southern stumbled 93-40 at first-place Orange. Those results nixed a chance for the winner of Tuesday’s game to remain in contention to gain a share of the conference title. Epps had 17 points at Orange.

  • Brian Williams scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as visiting Williams defeated Cedar Ridge 49-36. Cavion Stokes had eight points.

The Bulldogs, who pushed their winning streak to three games, prevailed after post players Milton Turner and Sam Rhodes fouled out.

  • Western Alamance won for the first time in four games since a coaching change with a 54-51 victory Friday night at Cedar Ridge. Two free throws from James Newton helped seal the outcome.

The Warriors dropped a 60-54 decision to Roxboro Person on Tuesday night at home.

  • Cummings snapped a three-game skid by winning 81-45 on Tuesday night at North Moore. The Cavaliers trailed 28-27 at halftime.

That came a night after the Cavaliers fell 69-67 in overtime at Jordan-Matthews in a completion of a suspended game. The game was initially halted with Cummings ahead 57-50 with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when a fight in the stands caused an interruption January 19.

Last Friday, the Cavaliers dropped a 72-18 home decision to first-place Northwood.

  • Southeast Alamance holds a seven-game winning streak after whipping host Graham 86-50 on Tuesday night.

The Stallions defeated visiting Seaforth 76-65 on Friday night.

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