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Blue Comets hold off Wildcats for win

Stephanie King

In the second game of a varsity doubleheader, the Asheboro Blue Comet boys hosted the Eastern Randolph Wildcats at home on Tuesday. This was the Wildcats’ first game of the season, while Asheboro came into the game 2-0.

Asheboro was the first to score in this one as Avery Jones scored off an assist from Noah Watkins to give the Comets a 2-0 lead. A bucket down low from Thomas McIntosh and a jumper from Jakiah Spencer pushed the Comets’ lead to six. Eastern Randolph got on the board with back to back buckets from Landon Loflin and cut the lead to two. Tatum Marsh caught fire scoring eight straight including two threes and a steal. Loflin ended the run for the Wildcats followed by a three from Jalen Jones to trim the lead to five. A bucket from Jah Wilson cut the lead to three for the Wildcats. McIntosh went to the line knocking down two to extend the Comets’ lead back to five. Osiris Ross scored off a steal followed by a free throw from Wilson to cut the lead to two. Asheboro closed the first quarter with back to back buckets from McIntosh and Watkins to lead 20-14.

Marsh opened the second quarter drilling his third three of the first half for the Comets. Watkins picked three the old-fashioned way to give the Comets a 26-14 lead. A jumper from Ross trimmed the lead to ten for the Wildcats, but back to back buckets from Watkins and Khyland Hadley-Lindsay pushed the lead to fourteen for Asheboro. Jalen Jones knocked down his second three for the Wildcats, while Ross knocked down a free throw to get the lead back down to ten. Asheboro took charge late in the quarter outscoring the Wildcats 7-2 for a 37-22 halftime lead.

The Wildcats opened the third quarter with back to back buckets from Loflin and Carter Moore to pull themselves within eleven. Watkins and McIntosh went 3-for-4 at the charity stripe to give the Comets a 40-26 lead. ER got the lead down to twelve off a bucket from Wilson, but the Comets answered with a free throw from Watkins and a bucket from Hadley-Lindsay. Wilson scored again for the Wildcats before Asheboro closed out the quarter with a 10-2 run for a 53-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Blue Comets extended their lead to twenty-three off a pair of throws from McIntosh. Zade Brower picked up his first bucket of the night to cut into the lead for the Wildcats. Watkins picked up back to back buckets before the Wildcats answered with back to back buckets from Cade Snotherly and Wilson. With the Comets leading 63-40, the Wildcats made a run late in the quarter to try and claw their way back into this one. Eastern Randolph outscored Asheboro 18-6 down the stretch, but it was not enough to overcome the large deficit the Blue Comets put them in. Asheboro emerged victorious with a 69-58 win.

Watkins led the Comets with 22 points, while McIntosh added 16. Marsh contributed 11 and Spencer notched seven. Wilson paced the Wildcats with 15 points, while Snotherly finished with ten. Landon Loflin added eight, while Jalen Jones and Carter Moore each netted six.

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