Albemarle men’s basketball falls in home playoff game
Published 10:25 am Thursday, February 23, 2023
The Albemarle men’s basketball team was one of two high school varsity teams from Stanly which finished the regular season with a record above the .500 mark.
Along with North Stanly, the Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 13-11 mark, but Albemarle finished third in the Yadkin Valley Conference standings overall and had the best mark of the 1A teams in the split conference.
Albemarle earned a bid into the 1A state playoffs as the No. 10 seed, hosting the No. 23-seeded Starmount Rams Tuesday.
Starmount used a 12-2 run to take the lead in the opening quarter and fought off a late surge by the Bulldogs for a 66-61 win.
“Honestly, it’s been that way all season,” Bulldogs head coach Chauncey Bruton said. “We had to persevere through a lot of different things, losing a couple players throughout the season. We’ve had to fight through a lot of things.”
Bruton complimented the play of sophomore guard William Brown, who played varsity last year.
“He’s got that no-quit attitude, and you saw that as a reflection of him in the fourth quarter,” Bruton said.
Looking back on the season, Bruton said one standout was Zyion Geiger, a sophomore who finished in the top 10 in the YVC in scoring.
“That’s with him having a rough first half of the season that turned around at Christmas,” Bruton said.
The Bulldogs graduate five seniors this season: Rankin, C.J. Ellis, Tim Brown, DJ Crump and Jaziah Cole.