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Southeast only boys’ basketball team still in state playoffs, and it was a nail-biter

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Southeast Alamance’s boys’ basketball team had a thrilling first game in the state playoffs.

The Stallions defeated host Roanoke Rapids 60-59 on Tuesday night in Class 2-A.

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With the game tied, Cardell West went to the line for two free throws, and he sank the second attempt for what became the winning point.

The Stallions needed two more defensive stops. After the first, a turnover gave 12th-seeded Roanoke Rapids possession again. The Yellowjackets (14-10) missed two shots in the waning seconds, allowing Southeast to advance.

Jerry Sims and Davian Edwards both had 15 points, and Brandon McAdoo added nine points for the No. 21 seeded Stallions (17-11), who’ll play Friday night at fifth-seeded South Granville (22-6).

  • Also in Class 2-A, eighth-seeded East Carteret defeated visiting Cummings 62-43, meaning the Cavaliers ended the season with a 13-12 record.

Last Friday, Southeast topped Cummings 63-60 in a special Mid-Carolina Conference third-place tiebreaker held at Northwood prior to the girls’ and boys’ conference tournament finals. Sims posted 32 points for the Stallions.

The two Alamance County teams shared third place, split two regular-season meetings and then both lost in the league tournament semifinals. The game was necessary to determine which team would gain an automatic spot in the state-playoff bracket, though Cummings received an at-large bid and No. 25 seed based on its power ranking.

 

Class 3-A

Three first-year coaches took Alamance County teams into the playoffs, but each of those teams lost road games.

No. 15 seed Wilson Hunt nipped No. 18 seed Eastern Alamance 65-63;  No. 12 seed White Oak bounced No. 21 seed Southern Alamance 66-56; and No. 11 seed East Wake overwhelmed No. 22 seed Williams 81-51.

Eastern Alamance (18-10) held an 18-4 lead before Wilson Hunt caught up at 38-38. A spurt for the Eagles was capped by Ja’vier Tinnin’s three-point play for a 59-51 edge, but Eastern couldn’t hold on in the final three minutes. Tinnin’s desperation shot was off the mark to end the game.

Jalen Alston’s 20 points and Jayden Adams’ 13 points led the Eagles.

Southern Alamance finished with a 14-13 record. Williams ended with a 16-10 mark.

 

Class 1-A

No. 29 seed River Mill lost 74-33 to Central Tar Heel 1-A Conference rival Southern Wake Academy (21-9), which is the fourth seed and the league’s regular-season co-champion and tournament titlist.

River Mill (13-18) lost three times by 40 or more points to Southern Wake Academy this season.

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