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FRI. NIGHT ACTION: Eastern boys top Williams in matchup of familiar foes


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Eastern Alamance junior Jordan Matthews shared hugs with some Williams players after Friday night’s Central 3-A Conference boys’ basketball game.

He put a different kind of squeeze on the Bulldogs a little earlier.

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The former Williams junior varsity player piled up 18 points as the host Eagles won 78-65.

“This game was very personal,” Matthews said.

Teammate Ja’vier Tinnin, another former member of the Williams program, also posted 18 points, and Michael Reaves tallied 10 points as the Eagles won their second game in a row and for the eighth time in their last 10 outings.

The Eagles wiped out a second-quarter deficit as Matthews racked up 11 points – aided by three 3-pointers – in the quarter.

“The best part for me was my shooting,” Matthews said. “I was just letting it go. I was very comfortable.”

Eastern’s Jordan Matthews

At one point, he tossed his headband toward the sideline and kept on going.

First-year Eastern coach Parrish Walker, who had been the JV coach at Williams, has seen Matthews in a groove.

“When he’s feeling it, we trust what he does,” Walker said. “He has been trying to prove something to us. He’s ready to turn it up this last part of the season.”

Matthews had 11 points in last month’s 68-52 triumph at Williams.

For Williams, Milton Turner scored 20 points, Amarion Richmond had 15 points, and Sam Rhodes added 10 points; Williams led 17-10 late in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs, who’ve lost a couple of guards to injuries, were devastated by ball-handling mishaps.

“Turnovers ate us up,” Williams coach Jimmy Lloyd said.

That was part of Eastern’s plan.

“We’ve been working in practice on getting some more turnovers,” Walker said.

Eastern was in good shape for most of the second half. Tinnin’s three-point play gave the Eagles a 44-34 cushion that expanded to 60-42 going to the fourth quarter.


Eagles win girls’ game

Aliya Trollinger had 13 points to pace Eastern Alamance’s 60-49 home victory vs. Williams.

Nicole Hester’s 12 points, Rihanna Gregory’s 11 points, Makayla Thompson’s 10 points and Makayla Scott’s nine points gave the Eagles, who won for the seventh time in their last eight games, balanced scoring. Two of those victories came against the Bulldogs.

Eastern led 29-20 at halftime and 49-29 after three quarters but still had work to do. The Bulldogs charged back to within 51-45 with 4:18 to play. Trollinger scored on a drive to reverse the momentum.

Alaiyah Mitchell scored 15 points and Jordyn Taylor added 10 points for Williams.

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