Corinth Holders boys basketball team finished off its run to the Northern Carolina 2A Conference outright regular-season championship with a convincing 61-42 win at Louisburg on Friday night.
The Pirates finished the league season 13-1 and will carry a 20-2 record into this week’s conference tournament.
Three Corinth Holders players finished in double figures, led by Kenneth Collins’ 16 points. Klilah Cox and Dymon Walker had a dozen points each for the Pirates in the win.
Corinth Holders held the Warriors to eight points or less in two quarters.
Ireland registers triple-double for Cleveland: Courtney Ireland’s triple double led the Cleveland girls basketball team to a 51-34 win over Southern Wayne on Senior Night Thursday.
The senior forward dominated the paint with 22 points, 12 blocks and 10 rebounds to help lead the Rams to their 10th win on the season.
Fellow seniors Monique Torres (eight points) and Jasmine Richardson (15 rebounds) also helped erase a six-point deficit as the Rams outscored the Saints 28-12 in the second half to come from behind to avenge a loss earlier in the season suffered at Southern Wayne.
Freshman Miranda Hinton’s eight points off the bench all came during the second half surge to help Cleveland finish the regular season 10-13 overall and 5-7 in the Eastern Carolina 3A Conference.
Rams fall victim to rally: Angelo Burden’s put-back with four seconds left in the game proved to be the decisive basket as Southern Wayne’s boys basketball stormed back from nine points down in the final five minutes to pull out a 50-48 win at Cleveland Thursday night.
The Rams’ Gilbert King’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer hit off the backboard and then front rim denying Cleveland what would have been its fourth conference victory on the season.
Cleveland appeared to have taken control of the game in the third quarter as seniors King and Jesse Olmstead combined for 14 points to push the Rams out in front by as many as 10 points.
But a Cleveland technical foul led to a pivotal five-point play for the Saints’ as Tarvis Bradshaw cashed in at the foul line. Olmstead led the Rams with 16 points and King added 11.