Comets even season series with Colts, win at home 63-43

Published 12:17 am Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The highly-anticipated rematch between the men’s basketball teams of North Stanly and West Stanly went in favor of the host Comets Monday night 63-43.

Bryson Childress knocked down six triples and led North (3-2) with 26 points. Carson Lowder scored all 12 0f his points for North in the second half, including 10 in a 19-point third quarter for the Comets.

Nalik Veasley returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for an ejection in the previous game between West and North; he added nine points and a number of rebounds. Veasley and Garrett Clark combined in the paint to limit West center Hayden Greene to a season-low five points.

Austin Medley led West (4-4) with 13 points while Nick Parker added 10. The loss for the Colts was the team’s fourth in a row after opening the season with four straight wins.

North shot a higher percentage from the field than West. The Comets were 27-of-65 overall (41.5 percent) including 5-of-22 from the three-point arc and 3-of-10 at the free-throw line. The Colts hit 16-of-53 from the floor, including 7-of-25 in the first half. West was 6-of-20 on 3-pointers and 6-of-11 from the foul line.

The Comets scored eight of the first 10 points in the game and got out a fast start, never trailing in the game. A 12-0 run midway through the second quarter helped North build a double-digit lead and a 32-18 halftime advantage.

West never got closer then 16 points for the majority of the second half as the Comets were 13-of-30 from the field in the second half en route to the win.

“We have gone through a lot of adversity. Things just seem to not have gone our way, which has happened before,” Bryson Childress said after the game. “We have a group of tough guys who have all come together. When we play together as one unit, there is not much we can’t do.”

North head coach Paul Childress said both teams played hard in the game, but North “made some shots in the first half and got a cushion. It’s a tough game anytime we play (the Colts).”

“It feels good to get our core kids all on the court at the same time … now we just need two weeks of practice then we can do some things,” the North coach added.

North will play in the Sam Moir Holiday Tournament at Catawba starting Dec. 26.

The Colts host Albemarle Thursday.

WS  9   9  12 13   43
NS  15 17 19 12    63

WS – Austin Medley 13, Nick Parker 10, Conner 5, Greene 5, Huneycutt 3, Kelly 3, Morgan 3, Bartell 1.
NS – Bryson Childress 26, Carson Lowder 12, Veasley 9, Poole 8, Clark 4, Bell 2, Hogan 2.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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