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Southeast teams build on strong first season

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Southeast Alamance had plenty riding on Friday night’s regular-season finale as this phase of the school’s first boys’ basketball season wound down.

With a 73-54 victory at Cummings, it was cause for celebration.

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“They had a party in there,” guard Davian Edwards said, referring to joyous coaches in the locker room. “Had to win after the last game (against Cummings).”

The Stallions pulled away in the second half with a solid defensive effort and bunches of points in transition to secure their eighth victory in a row. Southeast (14-10 overall, 10-6 Mid-Carolina Conference) and Cummings (12-9, 10-6) tied for third place in the league.

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Jerry Sims racked up 32 points and Edwards had 24 points – and coach Bo Williamson collected a victory against his alma mater in a building where he has rarely lost – when he played there.

“It was really mixed feelings using the visiting locker room,” Williamson said. “Only time I had been in there was PE class and for JV football.”

His players said they were well aware of what this game meant to their coach and to their season.

“I’ve lost only three times here (as a player),” Williamson told his team, “and let’s not make it a fourth. … It’s a real thing, they didn’t want to let me down.”

SE coach Bo Williamson

Cummings, playing without coach Chas Criss on the bench because he was ill, trailed most of the first half but was within 33-31 at the break. The Stallions began the second half on an 11-2 run and the Cavaliers, who won the first meeting on a buzzer shot at Southeast, never had a sustained response.

“This was personal because last game we should have won,” Sims said. “I knew we were locked in. We were playing hard and playing together.”

Next the Stallions, who’ve won the last six outings by double-digit margins, head to the conference tournament followed by the state playoffs.

“Everything is starting to click,” Edwards said. “Playoff ready.”

It was quite a week for Sims and Edwards, who scored 36 and 25, respectively, three nights earlier at Graham.

Cummings girls’ coach Jarrell Jones filled in as acting coach in the boys’ game. He said it’s unclear how long that role would last.

 

Southeast girls set high standard

The end of the regular season for Southeast’s girls could be just the launching for something even better.

“I’m not surprised that we’ve had a successful season,” coach Amy Surratt said. “But I’m a little surprised we’ve improved as much as we have.”

The Stallions overwhelmed host Cummings 58-18 to finish tied with Northwood for second place in the Mid-Carolina Conference behind Seaforth.

Southeast (18-6, 13-3) has gone 11-3 since the beginning of January. Winning a rematch with Northwood was one of the highlights in Surratt’s opinion because the Chargers have been a recent statewide power.

Surratt, formerly the coach at Southern Alamance, had lots of uncertainty as the school year approached. She said she wasn’t certain there would be enough Southeast players to compete for a full season.

“Going into it, I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “Things have come together. Now we want to keep it going.”

Shaniya Paylor’s 22 points and Natalie Lopez’s 15 points were tops for Southeast on Friday night.

Cummings (2-17, 2-14) trailed 43-11 at halftime.

 

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