Wheamore Moves To Finals

Kaitlyn Mullins

Battling it out in the semifinals of the PAC-7 boys basketball tournament were the Wheatmore Warriors and the Providence Grove Patriots. This was the third meeting between these two schools, with the Warriors claiming the two regular season meetings.

Evan Taylor opened the game with a bucket in the paint to give the Patriots the early lead. Corey Hudgins answered with a three for the Warriors to give them their first lead of the night. The Patriots went on a 7-0 run to take a 9-3 lead over Wheatmore. Leading Providence Grove was Kobe Morgan, Daylin Locklear, and Brandon Carter. Wheatmore would not stay behind for long a Gavin Rains drained a three and Matt Owens scored on a drive to hoop to cut the lead to one at 9-8. Taylor gave the Patriots a 10-8 lead after making one of two at the free throw line. Bryant Walker pulled the Warriors back into the lead with a last second three at the end of the quarter. After one quarter of play, Wheatmore led 11-10.

Walker opened the second quarter with a three to give the Warriors a 14-10 lead over Providence Grove. Taylor scored off an assist to pull the Patriots within two. Pulling up for the jumper was Owens as he extended the Warriors’ lead. On the next play Zach Berrier was sent to the line to shoot two. He made both shots for Wheatmore to extend the lead. Drawing a foul for the Patriots was Malik Sutton as he too made both shots with ease to make it a 14-17 game. Wheatmore made back to back baskets as Walker hit another three pointer. Ending the second quarter was Sutton as he swished a three pointer for Providence Grove. At the half, Wheatmore led 22-17.

Kobe Morgan began the third quarter with a jumper as he was able to close the gap to three points for the Patriots. Wheatmore continued their lead as they went up by 8 points. Taylor didn’t stop as he drove the ball to the hoop as he closed the gap to 6 points for Providence Grove. Stepping to the foul line was Cristian McCoy as he made both shots with ease. Rains and Austin Biggs extended Wheatmore’s lead by 8 points as they made two buckets in a row. Taylor was able to pick up two back to back baskets as he made it a 29-33 game. Scoring three points the old fashioned way was Biggs as he kept Wheatmore’s lead at 7. McCoy drained a three for the Patriots and then knocked down two shots at the free throw line for the Patriots. Wheatmore ended the quarter at the line as Rains made it a 40-34 game.

Taylor made it a 4 point game as he pulled up and knocked down a jump shot for Providence Grove. Rains pushed the Warriors lead back to 6 points. Taylor once again drove the ball as he added another two points for the Patriots. Rains and Hudgins went on a run as they put Wheatmore up by 11 points, but a bucket from Carter closed the gap to 9 for the Patriots. On the next play Carter was fouled and made both shots at the line to make it a 42-49 game for the Patriots. Stepping to the line for Wheatmore was Hudgins as he made one out of his two shots. Taylor led the way for the Patriots as he continued to drive the ball and score. Hitting back to back threes for Providence Grove was Cade Snotherly as he made it a 2 point game late in the fourth quarter. Wheatmore would hold on to their lead as Hudgins was sent to the line twice to give the Warriors a 55-50 victory. The Warriors advance to the finals of the PAC-7 tournament and will face the Randleman Tigers who defeated High Point Andrews in semifinal number one.

Top scorers for the Warriors were Gavin Rains with 19 points, Corey Hudgins with 14 points, and Matt Owens with 9. For the Patriots Evan Taylor had 17 points, Kobe Morgan helped out with 8 points, and Cristian McCoy had 7 points.

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