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North Rowan boys suffer another road loss

By Charles Curcio
Stanly News & Press
NORWOOD — In a vivid flashback from 24 hours before, the North Rowan boys basketball team rallied late to tie the game, but then went scoreless over the final minutes.
On Wednesday night, it was in the red-walled gym of the South Stanly, where the Rebel Bulls handed the Cavaliers a 63-52 Yadkin Valley Conference loss.
Dayjuwon Cooke again led North Rowan (9-7, 8-3 YVC) with 19 points, with Nick Colson and Derrick Page adding nine points each.
Two sophomore guards led South Stanly (7-8, 5-4). Jacorian LeGrand scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter, while Jaquez Cooke added 14 points. Justin Gaddy also reached double figures for the Bulls with 13 points.
“I don’t know if there were any positives,” North Rowan assistant coach Bubba Morris said. “We came out flat, we played flat and weren’t stopping penetration. (South Stanly) was getting too many wide open layups, too many drives to the basket.”
The coach added that playing on back-to-back nights after the weather-related layoff  didn’t affect the outcome of the game, adding “playing back-to-back should be something that excites you, that gets you ready.”
North Rowan maintained a small lead throughout the first quarter and led early in the second on a Cooke bucket, 12-10.
South surged forward with a 7-1 push and eventually built a six-point lead at halftime, 27-21.
The Bulls led by 12 points late in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers fought back to within six over the final 3:01 of the period, trailing, 43-37, entering the final period.
Colson knocked down three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the last of which tied the game, 52-52, with 2:46 left. However, from that point, South scored the final 11 points of the game to take the win.
The loss drops North Rowan into a virtual tie for second place with Albemarle, who has played two less conference games then the Cavaliers.
North Rowan returns home Friday night to host North Moore.
NORTH ROWAN (52) — Dayjuwon Cooke 19, Colson 9, Page 9, Goodlett 6, Clement 5, Davis 4, Smith 2, Broaddus, Goodes.
SOUTH STANLY (63) — Jacorian LeGrand 25, Jaquez Cooke 14, Justin Gaddy 13, Colson 4, Tarlton 3, Huntley 2, Colson, Thompson.
North Rowan    8    13    16    15 — 52
South Stanly     6    21    16    20 — 63

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