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Garner boys, Southeast Raleigh girls win Greater Neuse titles

Garner rolled by Rolesville, 71-35, Thursday night in boys basketball play to notch its 40th consecutive victory over a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference opponent. The Trojans went 14-0 in the conference and are 22-2 overall entering the postseason.

Thomas Allen led Garner in scoring with 19 points, while Andrew Abrom had a dozen and senior Nick Kuhns dropped in 12 on a special senior night.

The Trojans enter the playoffs averaging 86 points a game and went over the 2,000-point mark as a team on the season early last week (in a win over West Johnston).

Clayton wrapped up second place in the conference outright with a 64-56 senior night win over Southeast Raleigh. Four Comets finished in double-figures. Tre Armstead paced the Comets with 15 points, while Darrius Stevens had 13.

Mason Medlin and Zach Greene added 10 each for the Comets.

Knightdale (18-6, 10-4) will finish third in the conference, while Rolesville and East Wake tied for fourth (matching 6-8 records). Knightdale beat West Johnston 79-35 Thursday night.

Southeast Raleigh ended up sixth at 5-9.

In girls play, Southeast Raleigh defeated Clayton for its eighth straight win and the GNRC regular season title outright. The Bulldogs defeated East Wake earlier last week to take the conference lead.

East Wake finished 12-2 and Knightdale was 11-3 after a high-scoring 80-54 win over West Johnston Thursday night. Rolesville came in at 8-6 for fourth place.

Clayton was seventh at 2-12, while West stood 1-13 entering the conference tournament. West’s Christian Sanders had 38 points in the loss against Knightdale on Thursday night.

Panthers stay in EPC playoff race: North Johnston’s girls basketball team stayed in the hunt for a tie for third place in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference with a 45-37 win over Washington on senior night Thursday.

The Panthers and Pam Pack both finished 4-6 in conference play. Farmville Central was 4-5 entering its season finale against 21-1 North Pitt on Friday night.

Eagles sweep Bulldogs: Princeton’s boys finished eighth in the Carolina 1A Conference after a 58-51 loss to Rosewood on Thursday night. The Bulldogs will play Neuse Charter in the opening round of the conference tournament this coming week.

Conference champ Rosewood downed the Bulldogs in girls play, 69-41. Princeton finished its girls regular season at 8-14 overall and 4-10 in conference play.