Bunn sweeps Northern Carolina 2A titles

jgreen@newsobserver.comFebruary 18, 2012 

— Montrel Cooke and Tavon Perry combined for 14 of Bunn's 23 points in the fourth quarter as the top-seeded Wildcats (25-2) held on for a 58-50 victory over second-seeded Corinth Holders in the Northern Carolina 2A Conference Boys' Tournament championship game Friday at Franklinton High School.

The victory completed a sweep of the titles, as the Wildcats beat Franklinton 32-21 in the girls' contest.

"Those two really stepped up with our leading scorer (Deshawn High) out due to injury," said Bunn coach Gerald Melton of Cooke and Perry. "Corinth Holders' kids can really play. We were able to get some favorable matchups and hold on."

Cooke's basket broke a 35-all tie to open the final quarter, but CHHS's Klilah Cox tied it at 39 with 6:26 remaining. The Wildcats then went on an 11-1 run over the next 4:25 to reestablish control. Perry had six of his team-high 18 in the period, while Cooke - who finished with 15 points - added two other baskets. C.B. Brodie, Jaymes Kingsberry and Jonathan Alston (who chipped in with 10 points) also contributed down the stretch.

Bunn used a 13-4 run in the first quarter to take a 15-8 lead and was able to hit from inside (Aaron Davis and Alston) and outside (Cooke and Perry) en route to a 26-19 lead at halftime. Corinth Holders (19-7 overall) scored the final nine points of the third quarter to pull even.

Cox led all scorers with 19 points for the Pirates.

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