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Goldsboro forward Takorrie Faison dunks the ball against Wayne Christian in the Mount Olive Winter Classic semifinal game.

MOUNT OLIVE — The Goldsboro Cougars defeated the Wayne Christian Eagles 75-63 on Wednesday night to advance to the Mount Olive Winter Classic Final.

Wayne Christian started off the game by taking an early 11-3 lead thanks to Rayshawn Boston who scored 5 points from two layups and a free-throw. Goldsboro came battling back though and took a 12-11 lead with a layup from Justice Wooten.

In a quarter that was full of momentum swings, the Eagles once again came roaring back to reclaim the lead. A buzzer beater from Boston at the end of the quarter gave Wayne Christian an 18-12 lead heading into the second.

In the second quarter Goldsboro rallied back thanks to excellent play from forward Takorrie Faison. With Goldsboro trailing 22-19, Faison converted a 3-point play to tie the game at 22-22. On the next two offensive possessions for Goldsboro, Faison sank a 3-pointer, and scored on a fast break dunk to give the Cougars a 27-22 lead. Faison scored two more times to finish with 12 points in the quarter, and help Goldsboro take a 33-30 lead at halftime.

With Goldsboro up 39-38 the Cougars began to pick up their intensity on defense, and several blocked shots from Faison as well as several turnovers by the Eagles allowed Goldsboro to go on a 10-0 run and take a 49-38 lead. At the end of the quarter Goldsboro led 51-41.

The 10-point lead by the Cougars was too much for the Eagles to overcome. The Eagles battled in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 62-56, but in the end, Goldsboro came out on top 75-63.

The leading scorer for Goldsboro was Faison who ended up with 28 points shooting 12 for 15 from the field and two for three from the 3-point line.

Goldsboro head coach Jamal Croom said he was proud of the way his team played throughout the game.

“I am pretty pleased, I challenged them before the game to come out and play with a high level of intensity, and I feel like we did that,” Croom said.

With the win on Wednesday, Goldsboro improved to 4-3 overall, and Wayne Christian fell to 7-2 overall with the loss.

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