Southwestern Randolph vs Wheatmore Boys Basketball CT Tournament Semifinal 1

The Wheatmore Warriors posted a 48-36 win over the Southwestern Randolph Cougars in the first semifinal of the Courier Tribune Christmas Invitational on Friday. By the end of the first quarter, the Warriors held a narrow 9-8 lead. The lead went back and forth during the second quarter, but it was the Warriors who led 20-18 at halftime. Wheatmore used a pair of runs in the third quarter to extend their lead and led 38-26 by the end of the quarter. Austin Biggs paced the Warriors with 15 points, while Gavin Rains finished with 14. Corey Hudgins would add 8 and Matt Owens notched 7. Ethan Reynolds led the way for the Cougars with 12 points, while Tanner Ferguson chipped in 11. Brighton Long finished with 6 and Ethan Smith added 3.

Southwestern Randolph will take on the loser of Asheboro vs Randleman in the third-place game on Saturday at 6:00PM, while Wheatmore advances to the championship game at 7:30PM to take on the winner of Asheboro vs Randleman.