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South men lose in final seconds of first-round home playoff game

Tuesday’s first-round men’s basketball state playoff game between No. 13 South Stanly and No. 20 North Stokes went down to the wire. The host Bulls had a chance at the buzzer for the win, but Jacorian Legrande’s shot did not fall, ending South’s season in a 58-56 loss.

Legrande led the Rebel Bulls (17-11) with 28 points, while Justin Gaddy added 11. Jaquez Cooke, who earned his 1,000th career point in Tuesday’s game, scored eight in the loss.

Ben Chesnet was top scorer for the Vikings (18-6) with 15, while Josh McQuinn added 14.

With the game tied late, Zach Chesnet scored for North Stokes with 4.2 seconds left to put the Vikings up by two. On the other end of the floor, Legrande got a good look at a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot rimmed out.

South coach Sean Whitley called Tuesday’s contest “an incredible game,” adding North Stokes “is very well coached and executed on offense at a high level. Our guys battled, as they have all year, and put us in a position to have a chance at the end.”

Regarding the season, Whitley said he “loved the fight in our team all year. It’s been a very successful season and I hope we can build off this team’s accomplishments.”

The Bulls graduate five seniors from this year’s team that finished second in the Yadkin Valley Conference regular season and tournament: Legrande, Chandler Lowder, Tyreke Watkins, Jitavis Huntley and Tori Colson.

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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