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South Stanly men rally for win versus Uwharrie Charter

A furious fourth-quarter rally for the South Stanly mens basketball team lifted the Bulls to a three-point home win over Uwharrie Charter, 51-48.

The win coupled with North Rowan’s loss Monday at Chatham Central pulls the Bulls into a tie for second in the YVC with both teams having two losses in conference this season.

Jaquez Cooke led South Stanly (13-5, 8-2 YVC) with 26 points including 22 in a second-half rally for the Bulls.

Jadius Jones added 16 points and a blocked shot midway through the final period which led to a fast break and layup by Cooke putting the Bulls up for good.

Coleton Christian led Uwharrie Charter (6-9, 4-6) with 11 points.

The Eagles slowed the tempo of the game in the first half building a double-digit lead. Uwharrie led by 12 in the third quarter before the hosts rallied.

South got within one on an offensive rebound and put back from Justin Gaddy with 3:29 left then took the lead when Jones blocked the Eagles’ next shot attempt. Cooke went coast-to-coast for the layup to put South up, 45-44.

Brandon Teller also came up with a critical basket after the Eagles got within one, hitting a floater in the lane with 1:46 left giving the Bulls a 49-46 advantage.

Trailing by three with the ball in the final seconds, the Eagles missed two looks at a 3-pointer then fouled with just under four seconds left. South missed the front end of a 1-and-1 o and the Eagles full-court heave came up well short.

South head coach Sean Whitley said the Bulls stepped up the team’s intensity after the Eagles’ box-and-one defense frustrated South and limited Gaddy, one of the team’s leading scorers, to four points.

”Our role guys stepped up in the moment. We’ve talked about being a team all the time. Those guys realized they could make a difference in the second half,” Whitley said referring to Jones and Teller.

South Stanly goes to Albemarle Thursday. The Bulldogs won at North Moore Tuesday night.

UC 14 8 18 8 48
SS 6 9 17 20 51

UC – Coleton Christian 11, Arrington 8, McCollum 7, Troutman 7, Caudle 5, Wheately 5, Farkham 5.
SS – Jaquez Cooke 26, Jadius Jones 16, Gaddy 4, Tarlton 3, Almond 2.

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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