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Patriots nip Williams boys for first league win


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Chris Epps scored 18 points and Southern Alamance made key defensive stops down the stretch to defeat host Williams 50-48 in Tuesday night’s Central 3-A Conference boys’ basketball game.

Southern’s Jordan Moore made two late-game blocked shots, including one on a potential game-winning shot from the Bulldogs (5-3, 0-1 Central 3-A Conference). Moore ended up with eight points.

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The Patriots (7-5, 1-1), who were playing an in-county opponent in a conference boys’ basketball game for the first time since February 2021, also received 14 points from Tyler Moore.

Southern, with first-year coach Dylan Eppley, has exceeded last season’s six-win mark.

• The Burlington School ran into tough competition in the John Wall Holiday Invitational in Raleigh.

The Spartans defeated Southern Durham 65-53 on the first day of the event at Broughton High School with Zion Walker scoring 19 points.

Then came a 64-54 loss to St. Anne’s-Belfield before a 73-56 setback to Overtime Cold Hearts.

One of the John Wall Holiday Invitational’s big clashes came with Reidsville defeating Northwood 69-53 in a matchup of teams expected to be among the top Class 2-A teams in the state.

• At Durham, Cummings split a pair of games in last week’s showcase competition. The Cavaliers defeated Durham School of the Arts 71-55 and then lost to Durham Hillside 56-52. Ja’Kari Dobbins had 22 points in the defeat.


Girls’ basketball
It was a case of more close games for Western Alamance in the Battle in the Bull holiday event last week at Falls Lake Academy in Creedmoor.

The Warriors defeated King’s Fork (from Suffolk, Virginia) by 57-21 and then lost to O’Neal, a private school from Southern Pines by 48-44 and then dropped a 57-56 overtime decision to Wakefield. In the King’s Fork game, Tina Bowers posted 18 points for Western.

All five of Western’s losses have come by eight points or less.

• On Tuesday night, Williams defeated visiting Southern Alamance 46-32 in a Central 3-A Conference game as Alaiyah Mitchell made four 3-point shots on the way to 13 points.

The Bulldogs (8-2, 1-0) received 10 points and eight rebounds from Regan Averett, eight points and eight rebounds from Jordyn Taylor and eight points and seven assists from Scout Winter.

Southern (4-7, 0-2) has lost three in a row, including the final two games of last week’s holiday tournament at Northwood.

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