Corinth Holders clinched the outright Northern Carolina 2A Conference boys basketball regular-season championship and the league’s No. 1 state playoff seeding with a 52-45 road win at Roanoke Rapids Tuesday night.
The Pirates (19-2 overall, 12-1 conference) will be at home for at least the first two rounds of the state playoffs.
Kenneth Collins paced Corinth Holders with 19 points, while Kiyon Walden added 14.
Pirate girls team wins on road: Corinth Holders’ girls basketball team downed Roanoke Rapids 48-37 on Tuesday. The Pirates rallied after trailing 11-2 early. Kris Neal led Corinth Holders with 14 points.
Neuse Charter boys roll: Neuse Charter School’s boys basketball team downed Pope John Paul II School of Greenville 82-45 Tuesday night to finish its season on a six-game winning streak.
The win allowed the senior-less Neuse Charter squad to finish 12-11 on the season.
Jarrod Sealey led NCS with 23 points, whle Tre’shon Charles added 21 points. Jourdan Sanders scored all 11 of his points in the first half and added seven assists and seven steals.
“We set a goal six games ago to finish the season out 6-0 and I’m proud of the kids for stepping up and meeting the challenge,” said Neuse Charter coach Jimmie Sanders. “We had some great challenges this season and the kids learned a grew from each of them. We played a lot of good teams.”
Coach Sanders pointed to a holiday tournament at UNC Asheville as the turning point of the season.
“After that tournament we learned a lot about ourselves, players, coaches. … everyone” he said. “I t was a great experience and will continue to assist us in building the program.”
Cleveland stops North Lenoir: Cleveland’s girls basketball team survived a low-scoring affair with North Lenoir Tuesday, 30-26. Courtney Ireland led the Rams with 11 points in the win. The two teams combined for just 25 second-half points.
North Lenoir’s boys beat Cleveland, 51-36.