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West Stanly men remain perfect this season with easy home win

Win streaks to start a season and a streak longer than three or four games has happened little in recent history for the men’s basketball program at West Stanly.

Before this year’s 7-0 start to the season, the last time the Colts won as many games was the 2016-17 season when West won eight in a row to the start the season. They reached the 2A playoffs and finished with a 17-10 overall.

Two big runs early in the game lifted the Colts to a 76-43 home win Tuesday over Central Academy.

Austin Medlin led West (8-0, 6-0 RRC) with 17 points while Trevor Kelly added 15.

West outscored the Cougars (2-7, 2-6) 16-5 over the first five minutes of the game. Then a 12-0 run in the second quarter helped the Colts build a 41-24 lead at halftime. The hosts outscored Central in each of the next two quarters en route to the win.

Kelly hit four 3-pointers in the first period, which West head coach John Thompson noted.

“He did a much better job of slowing it down just a little bit. We did a fantastic job of finding him.”

Regarding the shortened season and starting 8-0, Thompson said his team “tries to approach every game the same, but with this shortened season, there is more of a sense of urgency.”

West goes on the road Friday night to Montgomery Central; three of the final four games of the regular season for the Colts, all conference games, are on the road.

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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