The Garner Trojans, who defeated South Central Pitt 75-64 Thursday night at the Crown Coliseum to advance to their first regional final in the 26-year run of coach Eddie Gray, had a whale of a day before the game tipped off.
It was a play that Cleveland boys basketball coach John Jacobs had made his team practice for the past two weeks and the Two Rivers 3A Conference champions had worked on it so much, that they ran it to perfection each and every time.
Julius Barnes scored 15 of his 28 points during the fourth quarter Tuesday night to help Garner claim a 73-61 victory over Northern Durham in the third round of the NCHSAA 4A boys’ basketball playoffs.
Bobby Stenborg’s 21 points helped propel the Cleveland Rams into the third round of the 3A boys basketball playoffs Monday with a 69-63 win over visiting Eastern Guilford. The second-seeded Rams (23-3) will face seventh-seeded Havelock on at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Thousands of children in the region rely on school for at least one meal a day, and losing eight days of school meals put a strain on many families. Local food pantries expect the repercussions to linger for weeks.
Down 14, the Rams cut Eastern Alamance’s lead to three points with a 10-0 run. But the Eagles had the finishing power, capitalizing on an intentional foul called on Cleveland late, to grab a 56-46 victory.
The only thing keeping Cleveland — which hadn’t played in 15 days because of several doses of frozen precipitation— from topping the century mark was the running clock over the final 4:04 after a 3-pointer from Jaylen Pearce made it 93-53 and coach John Jacobs cleared his bench.
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