New Hanover, Ashley boys basketball edge out victories; Hoggard, New Hanover girls unbeaten in league play

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Boys basketball

Ashley 63    South Brunswick 62

Three players finished in double figures for Ashley as the Screaming Eagles squeaked out a 63-62 victory over South Brunswick on Friday night to remain tied for first-place in conference.

Jordan Gagum. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Jordan Gagum. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Williams)

Altavon Mack had 16 points to pace the garnet and gold. Jiques Migrant added 14 points and Jordan Lopez chipped in with 12. Ashley trailed by seven at the break and cut the deficit to five, 44-39, moving into the fourth quarter.

Lopez knocked down three treys in the final eight minutes and finished with four baskets from downtown. Daitreon Daye scored six of eight points during the decisive fourth quarter push.

Brandon Gonzales, Kareem Randolph and Jace McKenney scored 13 points apiece to lead South Brunswick, but the Cougars were outscored 24-18 during the final stanza.

Ashley is 5-1 in league play and 11-6 overall.

Ashley  10-11-18-24=63

S. Brunswick  14-14-16-18=62

New Hanover 68    West Brunswick 64

New Hanover put in a gritty effort on the road Friday night and grabbed a 68-64 triumph against West Brunswick. Ramello Williams sank a game-high 28 points on 13-of-22 from the field, with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The back-and-forth affair saw the Wildcats go ahead by eight midway through the second quarter before Khalil Bland knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 9-2 run as West Brunswick made it a two possession game, 36-30, at the break.

Freddie Taylor put in 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc. Taylor scored 11 of his 17 points in the final frame. Jalen Anderson hit two treys and finished with 10 points to give New Hanover three players in double figures.

The Wildcats led 47-43 moving into the fourth quarter and held on during the final eight minutes of regulation to move ahead of West Brunswick (4-2, 12-4) in the conference standings. The Trojans were 14-of-17 from the charity stripe. Bland had a team-high 20 points. Bryce Ahrens hit three shots from long range during the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points. Josh Woodard added 12, while Brandyn Parker contributed 11.

New Hanover moved to 5-1 in league play and 14-4 overall, creating a two-way tie with Ashley for to spot in the division. West Brunswick dropped to 4-2 in conference and 12-4 overall.

New Hanover 13-23-11-21=68

W. Brunswick 11-19-14-21=64

Hoggard 59     Topsail 43   

Tyler Steinman knocked down a game-high 16 points on Friday night as Hoggard built an early lead thanks to a big effort on both ends of the floor en route to a 59-43 result against Topsail.

Tyler Steinman keyed the scoring effort on Friday night for Hoggard. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.
Tyler Steinman keyed the scoring effort on Friday night for Hoggard. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.

Steinman’s points came on five field goals and two baskets from beyond the arc.  Robert Wilkerson added 11 points and Greg Blanks chipped in with eight. The Vikings went 7-for-10 from the free throw line.

Hoggard carried a seven point advantage after the opening period and used a 10-3 run to start the second quarter. Patrick Morrison pushed the cushion to 29-14 on his second field goal of the game just before the break.

Alec Baker poured in a game-high 22 points for Topsail and Johnny Tartaglione added 8. The Pirates fell to 0-7 in conference following their five straight set back.

With the win, the Vikings grabbed a regular season sweep over Topsail. Hoggard improved their record to 4-2 in conference and 10-6 overall heading into a key conference game against New Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Hoggard  13-16-11-19=59

Topsail    6-8-12-17=43

Cape Fear Academy 59   Fayetteville Christian 53

Wilmington Christian 62     Hilltop Christian 62

 

Girls basketball

Hoggard 35       Topsail 28

The Vikings overcame a three-point halftime deficit to secure its 12th consecutive victory as Hoggard rallied past Topsail, 35-28, to remain unbeaten inside league play.

Keeley Britt had a season-high 10 points on Friday. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.
Keeley Britt had a season-high 10 points on Friday. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.

Keeley Britt led the way with a season-high 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The Vikings went just 2-for-18 from beyond the arc, but hit 9-of-13 attempts at the foul line. Angel Smith pulled down seven rebounds in the winning effort, while Alani Fisher chipped in with nine points.

Hoggard moved to 6-0 atop the conference standings and 15-1 overall. First place in the division will be up for grabs when the Vikings return to the floor against New Hanover (6-0, 15-2) on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

New Hanover 73     West Brunswick 40

New Hanover kept pace with Hoggard for the division lead on Friday night as the Wildcats rolled to a 73-40 result over West Brunswick in Shallotte. New Hanover stands at 6-0 in conference and 15-2 overall as winners of eight straight.

South Brunswick 61    Ashley 26

North Brunswick 65     Dixon 29

Taylor Perkins led all scorers with 28 points to guide North Brunswick in a 65-29 win against Dixon. The Scorpions are 3-0 in conference and 13-2 overall.

Fayetteville Christian 61    Cape Fear Academy 35

Wilmington Christian 57    Hilltop Christian 47