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Boys basketball: East Rowan’s loss could leave it on outside looking in for playoffs

GRANITE QUARRY — On the night they honored seniors Seth and Samuel Wyrick, East Rowan’s boys may have erased themselves from the post-season picture.

The Mustangs lost their final home game Tuesday, falling 52-49 to Central Cabarrus.

“That was a bad loss,” coach Trey Ledbetter said after East Rowan (9-13, 5-10 SPC) shot miserably from the field. “We had a pretty good shot at a (state) playoff berth if we won two games this week. It would have made us 11-12 and you drop one loss, so 11-11. Now I don’t know. Senior Night can go either way.”

This one went to Central Cabarrus (6-16, 3-12), a team the Mustangs handled when the teams met in early January. The score was tied 34-34 entering the fourth quarter and the lead changed hands three times in the final period. But the Vikings converted 8-of-9 free throws and received 10 fourth-quarter points from Tyler English to seal the verdict.

East Rowan’s Bravon Goodlett scored 12 of his team-high 15 points in the second half.

“We actually played pretty good,” Ledbetter said. “The ball just wouldn’t go in the hoop.”

 

CENTRAL CABARRUS (52): English 18, Salter 13, Dorton 8, Gilliam 6, Smith 5, Thompson 2.

EAST ROWAN (49): Goodlett 15, Davis 10, Se.Wyrick 7, Sa.Wyrick 5, Baker 5, Wyse 4, Love 3, Shuping, Soles.

Central Cabarrus  11  12  11  18 — 52

East Rowan  5  16  13  15 — 49

 

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