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Southwestern Randolph vs Jordan-Matthews Boys Basketball CT Tournament Rd 1 Gm 1

The Southwestern Randolph Cougars held off a pesky Jordan-Matthews team 47-42 on Thursday in the first round of the Courier Tribue Christmas Invitational. The lead went back and forth during the first quarter, but the Cougars ended up leading 17-14. A low scoring second quarter saw the Cougars take a narrow 22-20 lead into halftime. Jordan-Matthews quickly took the lead in the third quarter, but once again the lead would change hands multiple times. Southwestern Randolph trailed 33-32 heading into the fourth quarter.

Ethan Reynolds paced the Cougars with 14 points, while Parker LaPlant finished with 10. Tanner Ferguson chipped in 7 and Luke Johnson added 6. Caleel Walden led the Jets with 12 points, while Alex Cotton finished with 9.

Southwestern Randolph will face off against the winner of Wheatmore vs Eastern Randolph in Friday’s first semifinal match-up at 6:00PM.