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East Chapel Hill boys basketball rolls to 2-0 with win against Carrboro

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Carter Collins compiled 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals as East Chapel Hill defeated Carrboro 62-43 on Tuesday night at Wildcats Gymnasium.

Kevin Gilland added 11 points for the Wildcats (2-0), who defeated their second city-schools rival in four days. The Wildcats knocked off Chapel Hill on Friday night.

“We aimed to cut our turnovers by half tonight,” said East coach Ray Hartsfield, now in his 19th season. “We had 18 against Chapel Hill, and tonight we had nine, so we accomplished that.”

East struggled some with shooting, hitting just 27 of 62 shots from the field (43.5 percent), and Collins made just 10 of 27 shots (37 percent), going 0-for-4 on 3-point tries. But the Wildcats held Carrboro to even worse shooting.

Carrboro (0-3), which shot 29 percent from the field, was led by senior Andrew Montross with 11 points. Montross, the son of former UNC All-American Eric Montross, was the only Jaguar in double figures.

Turning Point

With a 16-5 run in the first quarter, East Chapel Hill pushed its early advantage to 20-8. In that span, Collins scored two field goals and assisted on five others. East never led by less than twelve after the 5:38 mark of the second quarter.

They Said It

Jonathan Runyambo “is a player we like a lot. It’s his first time playing organized basketball. He’s a junior, but the past two years he’s played soccer. We were after him in P.E. class to go out for the team. Every coach got after him, even the P.E. teachers. Now he just loves it.”

– East coach Ray Hartsfield

By the Numbers

11: The number of East players who scored.

5: Consecutive victories by East over Carrboro

3-2: The margin of Carrboro’s only lead of the game. It came on a 3-pointer by Zack Anderson.

2: games so far for East Chapel Hill. Its season-opener against Wilson Hunt was postponed until December to let the Warriors who play football complete their run in the state playoffs.

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