01/30/04 — Prep boys basketball roundup

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By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on January 30, 2004 2:00 PM

DEEP RUN -- Paul Novicki hit two crucial free throws with eight seconds left as South Lenoir knocked off Greene Central 52-47 in Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference action Thursday.

The Blue Devils led 47-41 with less than two minutes remaining. The Rams' Clifton Chapman trimmed the deficit in half with a 3-pointer. Teammate Kenny Smith added a shot in the lane which made it 48-47, but Greene Central wouldn't score again.

Novicki's free throws and a late Rams turnover secured the Blue Devils' third EPC victory of the season. South Lenoir improved to 12-6 overall heading into tonight's game against state-ranked North Lenoir.

Greene Central (9-10) fell to 3-2 in the league.

"We held them to two two point field goals (in the final period), but they shot 18 free throws to our four," said Greene Centrtal coach Kevin Hart. "It was exteremely frustrating."

The Rams play at North Pitt tonight

Greene Central 14 8 11 14 -- 47

South Lenoir 13 12 11 16 -- 52

GREENE CENTRAL (9-10, 3-2)

Junior Kesselbach 6, Kenny Smith 6, Jordy Davis 4, Charles Gamble 21, Clifton Chapman 4, Dreyon Willis 4, Johnathan Gage 2.

SOUTH LENOIR (12-6, 3-2)

Terry Edwards 11, Khalice Dove 4, Brandon Rouse 2, Dontrae Rhem 7, Mark Tyndall 9, Josh Kennedy 2, Paul Novicki 17.

Three-point baskets -- Greene Central 3 (Kesselbach 2, Chapman), South Lenoir 2, Tyndall, Novicki). Total fouls -- Greene Central 24, South Lenoir 13. Fouled out -- Gage. Technicals -- Waters.

Chargers drop contest on road

FAYETTEVILLE -- Wayne Country Day watched a nine-point lead slip away in a 55-48, non-conference loss against Trinity Christian on Thursday evening.

The Chargers led 39-30, but hit the skids on offense. Trinity finished the game with a 25-9 run and handed Wayne Country Day its third consecutive defeat.

Spenser Briggs paced WCDS with 26 points. Shivar Person added seven. The Chargers played without guard Oscar Ball, who sustained a high-ankle injury against Flora MacDonald. Coach Steve Weir's team is 0-3 without Ball on the court.

Wayne Country Day (8-5) entertains Trinity Christian of Raleigh today.

WCDS 15 18 8 7 -- 48

Trinity-Fayetteville 15 12 15 13 -- 55


Spenser Briggs 26, Shivar Person 7, Kevin Logan 6, Chris Exum 6, Jeff Franklin 3.


Kashaun McLaughlin 15, Sweezy 13, Davis 10.


Faith Christian nips Falls Road

ROCKY MOUNT -- John Spencer shot 50 percent from the floor as Faith Christian slipped past Falls Road Baptist 34-32 in a N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A Region battle Thursday.

Spencer collected 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting for the Conquerors, who evened their record at 2-2 against regional/conference opposition.

Adam Stallings led Falls Road with 14 points.

Faith Christian (9-4) travels to Gateway (Va.) Christian on Saturday.

Warriors pull out ECC win in OT

Monty Best and Landon Downes each tallied 20 points each as Eastern Wayne survived West Craven 72-69 in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference action Tuesday.

The Warriors (7-8, 6-6 ECC) travel to county rival Goldsboro next Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.