Coastal 3A News
Vikings take down Ayden Grifton
December 27, 2013D H Conley High School
The Eastern Carolina Conference reigned supreme at the Parker’s Barbecue Holiday Tournament at J.H. Rose on Thursday.
Rose and D.H. Conley — both ECC schools in the 4-A classification — recorded victories against 2-A opponents during the opening night of the annual Pitt County boys’ basketball tourney. DHC’s 30-point fourth quarter helped it pull away from Ayden-Grifton for a 74-47 win and Rose followed by holding off Farmville Central for a 73-62 victory.
A-G plays Farmville today at 5 p.m. followed by South Central-Conley at 6:30 and North Pitt-JHR at approximately 8.
DHC was tied with Ayden-Grifton about halfway through the third period, but the Vikes scored 14 of the game’s next 16 points and eventually led 60-42 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the game.
Conley’s Jakeel Andrews hit four 3-pointers during the first half and finished with 18 points, and Jeremy Cox (14 points) was key for the victors during their 14-2 run after the game was tied 34-34 in the third.
“When we hit that crossroads, it was good to see them respond,” DHC coach Rob Maloney said of his team. “We’ve got a good group and it’s a hard-working group. We’re waiting on them to play in front of a crowd the way that they’ve practiced.”
Cox began the run with a basket and his inside bucket on a quality no-look pass from guard Maleek Gorham made it a 42-34 advantage late in the third.
The Vikes started the fourth with a Drew Buck layup for a 10-point advantage and they ended up outscoring the Chargers 30-14 during the final quarter.
Conley finished the game 17-of-19 from the free throw line while A-G, which got 15 points from Keishmond Taylor and 11 from Phe’bion Joyner, went 7-of-21.
By Ronnie Woodward
The Daily Reflector