Goldsboro rallies past Rosewood boys
By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on January 18, 2012 1:48 PM
Goldsboro survived another scare in the Carolina 1-A Conference and seized its ninth consecutive victory with a 52-46 win over Rosewood on Tuesday night.
The Cougars endured some poor shooting early as the Eagles dictated the pace and jumped ahead 14-12 after one period. Rosewood's advantage ballooned to 27-20 by halftime.
"I thought the first half was all about Rosewood and what they did right," Goldsboro head coach Patrick Reynell said. "In the second half we began to pick up the tempo and make some plays going toward the basket in transition."
The Eagles scored the first three points of the third quarter for a 10-point cushion with six minutes to play in the period. Goldsboro answered by turning up the defensive intensity, which led to a 10-2 run.
Rosewood never got back in rhythm as the visitors pounded the ball into the paint in the fourth quarter and took control. Back-to-back three-point plays by Damarian Henderson with two minutes remaining in the game sealed the win for the Cougars.
"We were stuck on 32 points for what seemed like forever," Rosewood head coach Daniel Mitchell said. "We wanted to play a halfcourt game and slow the pace down and try to limit their possessions, which we did, but toward the end of the third quarter we just could not buy a basket."
Jyonte Raynor led the Eagles with 12 points. Will Winslow and Dee Mabry each added eight points in the loss.
Quavus Holloman paced the Goldsboro attack with 14 points. Henderson finished the night with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jalen Sprueil added eight points.
"I thought that we did a good job of finding ways around the Rosewood ball pressure in the second half and that led to some easy baskets," Reynell said. "Damarian got free underneath when we were able to rush the baseline and I think Moses Ramsey did a nice job of picking up on that."
Goldsboro (10-6 overall, 3-0 CC) plays host to Spring Creek on Friday night, while Rosewood (5-7, 1-2) travels to North Duplin.