SNOW HILL — Shykeim Phillips poured in 32 points, including the final seven in a 9-0 run, as the South Central boys’ basketball team held off a comeback bid from host Greene Central for a 72-62 win in its season-opener Tuesday night.
A bucket by Day’Ron Sharpe with 1:17 to go put the Falcons up 65-62 after the Rams rallied from a 13-point deficit to close to within one. Phillips sealed the win with five free throws and a late bucket.
South Central streaked to an 8-1 lead behind four points from Phillips and two each from Luke Davis and Tahj Riddick. A bucket by Sharpe gave the Falcons their biggest lead of the first quarter at 12-4, but the Rams rallied to within 15-12 by the end of the quarter then scored the first four points of the second period for a 16-15 lead.
Trailing 19-18, South Central put together a 6-1 run to lead 24-20 on a pair of free throws by Jahzeer Baker and carried a 28-27 lead at the half.
Riddick scored six points and Phillips added five in an 11-0 lead that staked South Central to its biggest lead at 41-28. Greene Central chipped away and trailed 50-43 at the end of the period, but the Falcons regrouped to push the lead to 54-43 on consecutive field goals by Phillips.
The Rams mounted another charge and drew within 58-57 on a three-pointer by DonQuez Davis. Another three by Davis brought the Rams within one once more at 63-62, but they would not score again.
South Central’s girls rolled past Greene Central 74-40, using a overwhelming 23-2 run in the second quarter to build a 38-13 lead.
J.H. Rose 73, Hunt 66
WILSON — J.H. Rose rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit with a dominant second half and remained unbeaten with a 73-66 non-conference boys’ basketball win over host Wilson Hunt on Tuesday.
The Rampants (4-0) trailed 39-30 at the half but outscored the Warriors 20-14 in the third quarter and 23-13 in the fourth.
Rose hosts North Pitt (2-1) on Thursday.
Ayden-Grifton 60, North Pitt 57
BETHEL — Tyler Johnson scored a game-high 18 points and James Richardson added 14 on Tuesday night as the Ayden-Grifton boys’ basketball team opened its season with a 60-57 win over cross-county rival North Pitt.
The loss was the first for the Panthers (2-1), who visit unbeaten J.H. Rose (4-0) on Thursday. The Chargers host Farmville Central (2-0) on Dec. 5.