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South men win big over Uwharrie Charter, 71-50

The South Stanly men’s basketball team outscored visiting Uwharrie Charter in each of the first three quarters en route to a 71-50 Yadkin Valley Conference home win Tuesday night.

Tori Colson led four in double figures for the Bulls (4-3, 3-1 YVC) with 16 points, including 10 in a third-quarter which saw South outscore the Eagles by 10.

Jacorian LeGrand added 15, including hitting 6-of-8 for the game from the free-throw line. Jaquez Cooke added 12 and Justin Gaddy had 11 for the Bulls. South also got eight from starter Addison Tarlton.

Carson Brady was the top scorer for Uwharrie Charter (1-7, 0-2) with eight.

South shot strong numbers from the field and the foul line in the win. The Bulls were 26-of-53 overall (49.1 percent) and 13-of-21 at the foul line. South was also 6-of-14 on 3-pointers.

The Eagles were 23-of-68 overall (33.8 percent) but 0-of-7 from downtown and just 3-of-5 at the free-throw line.

South ended the first quarter with a 7-0 run over the final 1:07 to take a seven-point lead after the first period, 19-12. The Bulls extended the lead in the second period and led at halftime 33-22.

In the third, South opened with an 8-0 run over the first 2:48 of the period and led by double digits the rest of the way. Both teams substituted liberally in the fourth, with Lowder scoring nine off the bench for South.

“Tori did everything we’ve been asking him to do; space the floor well, attack the basket and rebounds. That’s where he’s going to get his baskets,” South head coach Sean Whitley said.

“We played the best full game we have this year defensively,” Whitley added.

After Wednesday’s game at East Rowan, the Bulls are off until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 at the Laurie Anne Cruse holiday tournament at Mount Pleasant. At the tourney, South takes on Central Cabarrus.

UC 12 10 11 17 50
SS 19 14 21 17 71

UC – Rorie 4, Glover 4, Dunn 6, Christian 3, McCollum 6, Brady 8, Brewer 3, N. Williams 2, Little 2, B. Williams 6, Bunker 6.
SS – Tori Colson 16, Jacorian LeGrand 15, Jaquez Cooke 12, Justin Gaddy 11, Lowder 9, Tarlton 8.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. 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 been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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