U.P. Tops Gray's Creek
Union Pines swept the Gray’s Creek Bears in Cape Fear Valley Conference basketball action Tuesday at Bob Ward Gymnasium.
The Vikings Boys snapped a six-game skid in dramatic fashion with a 78-76 overtime victory over the visiting Bears, while Union Pines’ girls toppled Gray’s Creek 52-16 to extend its current winning streak to eight games.
Braxton Ross led all scorers in the boys’ tilt with 23 points, while Matthew Maness scored nine of his 11 total points during the four-minute overtime period. Both sophomores, the pair combined for 29 points in the final three frames. Ross had three big blocks in the game’s final six minutes, while Maness made two timely three-pointers in the extra frame.
Junior Parris Manning had 18 points for Union Pines, which snapped a five-game league losing streak to move to 3-5 in CFVC play and 5-14 on the season with Tuesday’s win.
After dealing the visiting Bears a true drubbing, the Lady Vikes are now 17-2 overall on the season and remain in first place in the CFVC standings with a record of 7-1.
Westover is currently 4-2 in CFVC girls’ play, while Western Harnett entered the day with a league mark of 3-1 going into its scheduled league game against Southern Lee (3-3 in CFV) tonight. Western Harnett and Westover meet Wednesday, at 6 p.m. in Fayetteville, while Union Pines travels to Eastern Randolph for a nonconference tilt.
Vike senior captain Tyesha McLean had nine points, five assists, five steals and three boards against Gray’s Creek. Junior captain Crystal Hicks finished with six points, eight boards, six assists, six steals and three blocks in the tilt.
Senior guard Tashi Whitney and sophomore forward Tyler Ross each scored nine points on the night. Ross had eight rebounds and two steals, while Whitney tallied five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kelly Campbell made two three-pointers to finish with eight points off the bench for U.P.
Both Viking hoop squads are back in action Wednesday, on the road against Eastern Randolph in a nonconference double header set to begin at 6 p.m.
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