Boys: Bunn 66, Corinth Holders 49; Girls: Bunn 53, North Johnston 47

Bunn sweeps Northern Carolina 2A boys and girls basketball titles

CorrespondentFebruary 22, 2013 

— Bunn took home all the hardware Friday night at the Northern Carolina 2A Conference basketball tournament.

The Wildcats boys repeated as conference champions, defeating host Corinth Holders 66-49 in the title game. Bunn’s girls topped North Johnston 53-47 to claim their fourth straight league title.

Bunn’s boys (20-6), the No. 2 seed in the tournament after a 12-2 league finish, came out running and never let up against regular-season champion Corinth Holders (22-3).

The Wildcats jumped to a 12-2 lead. After Corinth Holders trimmed the lead to 14-10, the Wildcats scored the final seven points of the first quarter – getting a 65-foot shot at the buzzer from Tavon Perry to lead 21-10.

Bunn led 40-21 at halftime and held the advantage in the second half to defeat Corinth Holders for the second straight season in the finals.

“We knew we had to get off to a good start because they have a great five and they can all score and it’s on their home court,” Bunn coach Gerald Melton said. “We knew if we didn’t come out and set the tone early, it could be a struggle.”

Brandon Batchelor led the Wildcats with 14 points. Deshawn High added 13, Jonathan Alston 11 and Perry 10.

Corinth Holders, which split with the Wildcats in the regular season and went 13-1 in the league, was led by Kahlil Larry and Kiyon Walden with 14 points each.

“The first little run (Bunn) made, we made a run back at them,” Corinth Holders coach Chris Davis said. “Then they made another run and we never really recovered.”

Both teams will head into the postseason next week.

Bunn’s girls, who went a perfect 14-0 in the regular season in the conference, held off a late rally by North Johnston, the No. 2 seed.

Down 48-34 with 6:23 remaining, North Johnston (19-5) went on an 11-0 run to pull within 48-45 with 2:30 left.

Bunn (19-6) made six of seven free throws in the final 1:30 to seal the victory.

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