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Eastern cranks out more wins

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

The Eastern Alamance boys’ basketball team remained undefeated in Central 3-A Conference play with Tuesday night’s 62-56 victory against visiting Roxboro Person.

The Eagles overcame three players fouling out and several ragged stretches with turnovers.

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“It definitely got a little sloppy, but coach (Parrish Walker) gave us the recipe,” senior guard Michael Reaves said. “We just followed it.”

Michael Reaves

Reaves and Jayden Adams each scored 17 points as the Eagles eclipsed last season’s 11-win total.

Eastern (12-4, 4-0 Central 3-A Conference) trailed most of the first half, but went ahead 34-31 on Jalen Alston’s 3-pointer.

“With the fouls, we had to go down the bench,” Walker said. “We trust what we do.”

Adams sparked a third-quarter run that lifted Eastern to a 42-33 edge, but the Rockets (9-6, 0-4) closed within 48-47 by the end of the quarter. Anthony Weaver’s dunk restored momentum for the Eagles, but Eastern didn’t seal it until Reaves posted the game’s final three points.

“The guys find me, and I find them, and everyone’s happy,” Reaves said.

The outcome helped set up Friday night’s clash against visiting Southern Alamance. They are two of the top three teams in the Central 3-A Conference, though Southern beat the Eagles 79-68 in the third-place game of last month’s Holiday Hoopla.

“They’ve been knocking people off,” Walker said of Southern.

Eastern and Southern are longtime rivals, but with the Patriots a new conference member, this marks the first league matchup in years.

“It’s a big rivalry game,” Reaves said. “We’re ready for them and see what they got.”

Eastern Alamance drubbed Seaforth 86-54 in Monday’s Tony Perrou Classic at Southern Alamance. Jordan Matthews racked up 16 points, while Reaves and Hunter Eichman each had 13 points.

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