Albemarle men’s basketball falls in home playoff game

Published 10:25 am Thursday, February 23, 2023

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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.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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