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Williams beats Western

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

It took the Williams boys’ basketball team most of last Friday night’s Central 3-A Conference game with host Western Alamance to finally gain control.

That made it worth it to the Bulldogs, who won 55-49 in a spirited game to halt a four-game losing streak in front of a capacity crowd.

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Williams had trouble gaining much traction.

“The score was horrible because it was tied,” forward Brian Williams said. “We shouldn’t be tied with Western.”

Brian Williams

The senior had lost a contact lens in the third quarter, but he soon was seeing better. He scored the tying and go-ahead baskets in the fourth quarter.

“With the defensive effort, they’re getting better,” Williams coach Jimmy Lloyd said of his players.

Williams head basketball coach Jimmy Lloyd

Jaeden Smith posted eight of his 21 points in the first quarter for the Bulldogs.

Jaeden Smith

Amarion Richmond racked up 13 points and Brian Williams finished with nine.

The Bulldogs received several key boosts from Richmond, who had been nursing a knee ailment.

“He was itching to get in,” Lloyd said.

Western held a 9-0 lead but otherwise had trouble scoring. James Newton led the Warriors (7-8, 1-3) with 20 points.

For the Bulldogs, who hadn’t won since December 19, it was finally a positive result.

“We needed a little jumpstart,” Brian Williams said. “We need one game to get going.”

The team kept it going by defeating Hough 65-54 in Monday’s Tony Perrou Classic at Southern Alamance.

Brian Williams provided 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smith had 12 points, and Milton Turner provided 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-5), who overcame another slow start.

A week ago Wednesday, Western edged North Carolina School of Science and Math 55-52 with Nick McGhee pouring in 19 points.

• Southeast Alamance’s only game last week came with an 81-45 triumph against visiting Graham in Mid-Carolina Conference play.

Five Stallions scored in double figures, led by Davian Edwards with 19. Cardell West had 16, followed by Jerry Sims with 13 (and nine assists), Drew Easter with 12, and Brandon McAdoo with 11. Micah Woods had 29 points for Graham.

• Cummings fell 80-26 in last week’s Mid-Carolina Conference make-up game at Northwood. University of North Carolina signee Drake Powell had 20 points for the Chargers, who led 39-15 by halftime.

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