Prep boys for weekend
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on February 8, 2004 2:01 AM
Free-throws proved a huge difference in the outcome of Rosewood's clash at home with North Johnston Friday.
The Panthers made 82 percent of their foul shots, knocking down 14-of-17 on the game. The Eagles made just four-of-18 from the stripe, 22 percent.
Jake Lomonaco led all scorers with 22 points for North Johnston (9-12 overall), who improved to 4-6 in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play heading into the final week of the regular season. The Panthers and North Duplin, both with four wins, sit in a dead-heat for the conference's fourth and final state playoff spot.
Rosewood (4-13 overall) dropped to 2-7 in conferece play and is not eliminated from playoff contention with a three-game stretch next week, beginning Tuesday at North Duplin. North Johnston hosts league-leading Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday.
"We let one slip away at home. We didn't play real well down the stretch, I didn't think," Rosewood coach Daniel Mitchell said.
Danny Langston paced Rosewood with 11 points.
North Johnston 17 11 10 10 -- 48
Rosewood 7 19 10 8 -- 44
NORTH JOHNSTON (8-13, 4-6)
Jake Lomonaco 22, Willie Smith 11, Sanders 8, Brad Holloman 2, Williamson 3, Thompson 2. 14-17 from line.
ROSEWOOD (4-13, 2-7)
Danny Langston 11, Javon Williams 8, Matt Howell 6, Taylor Carr 6, Kyle Grey 6, Matt Hill 4, Kyle Bunn 3. 4-18 from line
Three-point baskets -- Rosewood 4 (Howell 2, Bunn, Langston). Fouled out -- none. Technicals -- none.
FARMVILLE -- Farmville Central pulled down 26 defensive rebounds on the game and came away with a 71-59 victory over North Duplin on Friday.
"I thought they (Farmville) did a fantastic job on the boards on us, and we had some turnovers at crucial times," North Duplin coach Ricky Edwards said.
The Jaguars improved to 7-10 overall and 6-3 against Class 1-A Carolina Conference competition.
North Duplin (6-10) fell to 4-7 in conference play heading into Tuesday's home clash with Rosewood.
Matt Braswell and Saladeem Dewberry paced North Duplin with 17 points each. Dewberry also had five steals, five assists and six rebounds.
Demarco Kornegay pulled down 10 rebounds for the Rebels.
Farmville's Javius Dixon led his team with 16 points.
North Duplin 14 13 13 19 -- 59
Farmville 20 14 16 21 -- 71
NORTH DUPLIN (6-10, 4-7)
Matt Braswell 17, Charlton Armwood 4, Montrell Garner 5, Demarco Kornegay 6, Saladeem Dewberry 17, Anthony Walls 8, Caleb Malcolm 2.
FARMVILLE (7-10, 6-3)
Kendrick Forbes 11, James Cameron 5, Mitchell 5, Blue 2, Javius Dixon 16, Tevron Newton 4, Adrian Hunter 14, Justin Forskey 12, Farrow 2.
Three-point baskets North Duplin 5 (Braswell 3, Garner, Armwood), Farmville 7 (Forbes 3, Cameron, Hunter, Forskey 2). Turnovers -- North Duplin 17. Total fouls -- North Duplin 9, Farmville 14. Fouled out -- none. Technicals -- none.
PINETOPS -- Greene Central got balanced scoring efforts and erased a 16-point fourth period deficit to claim a big, 65-62 Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference win over SouthWest Edgecombe on Friday.
Charles Gamble and Teddie Waters led the Rams (10-12, 4-4 EPC 2-A) with 13 points each, while Dreyon Willis added 12.
Greene Central's half-court trap caused problems for the Cougars in the fourth period as the Ram offense became more patient and got better looks at the basket.
The Rams shot 15 free-throws compared to just five for SouthWest.
Greene Central travels to Tarboro High on Tuesday.
Greene Central 17 10 12 26 -- 65
SW Edge 14 20 18 10 -- 62
GREENE CENTRAL (10-12, 4-4)
Junior Kesselbach 8, Kenny Smith 8, Clifton Chapman 5, Charles Gamble 13, Teddie Waters 13, Dreyon Willis 12, Jonathan Gage 4, Tyrone Hall 2.
SOUTHWEST EDGECOMBE (8-14, 2-6)
Cedric Hopkins 11, Jarrett Eason 16, Reggis Draugh 8, Kendrick Thorne 8, Brandon Maloney 5, Antwan Cox 10, Jackson Parrish 4.
Three-point baskets -- Greene Central 2 (Kesselbach 2), SW Edge 3 (Hopkins, Eason, Maloney). Total fouls -- Greene Central 16, SW Edge 25. Fouled out -- Pierce, Kesselbach. Technicals -- Smith.
Rosewood to win
Rosewood's Zach Hardison scored 20 points as the Eagles came away with a 61-41 win over North Johnston at home on Friday.
Clarence Toran and Brantley Ellis added 10 points each for the Eages, who improved to 2-7 in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play heading into Tuesday's match-up at North Duplin.
unbeaten in CPIC
ROCKY MOUNT -- Wayne Country Day's Brian Brock taillied 16 points for the Chargers, who moved to 10-4 overall and 5-0 in Coastal Plains Independent Conference 1-A play with a 75-29 win at Rocky Mount Academy.
Sam Steed added 13 points, while Chad Roberson added 10 and Byron Bryan had eight.
The Chargers host Rocky Mount Academy on Wednesday.
Spring Creek falls
FARMVILLE -- Spring Creek lost to Farmville Central 78-77 Thursday after fighting back from a deficit to send the game into overtime.
Cliff Wilson led the Gators (14-5, 8-2) with a career-high of 30 points, while Dalress Bell finished with 22.
WCDS 36, Rocky Mount Academy 15 -- Cameron Strickland scored 18 points, while David Wilson posted 10 points. The Chargers (5-3, 5-0 CPIC 1-A) host RMA on Wednesday.
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