The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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February 8, 2013

Albemarle splits at home with E. Montgomery; South loses to West; Knights lose at Wildcats

Friday, February 8, 2013 — The Yadkin Valley Conference regular season has two weeks left in it with teams looking to qualify for the five guaranteed berths into the state 1A playoffs.

In YVC games on Tuesday, Albemarle was at home against East Montgomery, South Stanly hosted West Montgomery and Gray Stone was on the road at South Davidson.

Boys

Albemarle 61

East Montgomery 45

The first time this season that the boys’ basketball teams of Albemarle and East Montgomery met on the court, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second quarter and earned a 34-point road win in Biscoe.

Tuesday’s rematch in Albemarle saw the visiting Eagles give the host Bulldogs a tough run for their money in the first half. However, East struggled to score in the third when the Albemarle pressure defense paid dividends and the Bulldogs went on to a 61-45 win.

Deon Christian led the Bulldogs (15-2, 11-2) for the second time in as many games, leading Albemarle with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 at the free-throw line.

T’Kyle Williams added 12 points for the Bulldogs hitting 5-of-9 shots in the game.

Ahmad Baldwin and C.J. Robinson paced the Eagles (10-10, 7-6) with 12 points apiece.

The Eagles handled the full-court pressure of the Bulldogs well in the first half and shot a high percentage, hitting 5-of-11 in the first quarter and 3-of-7 in the second frame. East also knocked down 8-of-10 free throws in the second period to lead by two points 28-26 at halftime.

In the third, Albemarle forced some turnovers and limited the Eagles to 3-of-15 shooting. The Bulldogs went on a 11-0 run over a four-minute span in the middle of the period and built a 12-point lead after three quarters.

Albemarle led by as much as 17 points in the final period as both teams eventually emptied their benches in the waning minutes of the game.

“It was a different game tonight; East Montgomery competed and did not just give us a win. It was a good win over a team with talent,” Albemarle head coach Al Andrew said.

“We were not as quick in the first half as we were in the second. We have not had as many close games, so we had to play smart in the second half.”

The Bulldogs continue conference play on Friday night, hosting Gray Stone.

EM    13    15    7    10    45

A    16    10    21    14    61

EM – Ahmad Baldwin 12, C.J. Robinson 12, Morrison 8, Pegues 5, Little 4, Durham 3.

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