SWR tops Comets on the road

Stephanie King

Closing out the week at home were the Asheboro Blue Comets as they hosted Mid-Piedmont Conference foe and cross-town rival the Southwestern Randolph Cougars. Asheboro entered Friday’s game 1-2 in conference play and 8-6 overall on the season, while Southwestern Randolph was 1-2 and 9-6.

Asheboro opened the game with a quick bucket from Noah Watkins to take the early lead over the Cougars. Southwestern Randolph got on the board with a free-throw from Ethan Smith before the Comets scored seven straight points for a 9-1 lead. Thomas McIntosh scored back to back buckets during the run for the Comets. Elijah Reza ended the run with a three for the Cougars’ first field goal of the night. Smith knocked in another free-throw to cut the lead to four. The Comets closed the quarter with back to back buckets from McIntosh and Watkins for a 13-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

A pair of free throws from Avery Jones pushed the Comets’ lead to ten at the start of the second quarter, but Parker LaPlant knocked down a free-throw and a bucket to cut the lead to seven. After another bucket from McIntosh, LaPlant drilled a three to trim the lead to six. With just under three minutes left in the quarter, McIntosh was called for a technical foul sending LaPlant to the line where he knocked down the pair. Mason Cross added a pair of free throws to cut the lead to two before Alex Pulido knocked down a free throw for the Comets. At the half, Asheboro held a narrow 18-15 lead over the Cougars.

Southwestern Randolph carried the momentum from the second quarter into the third as they opened the quarter with a 6-2 run to take their first lead of the night.  Kejuan Logan ended the run with a bucket before McIntosh picked up three points the old-fashioned way to put the Comets on top by four. Reza drained a three to pull the Cougars within one before a free-throw from Chris Hardin knocked down a free-throw to tie the game with 1:44 left. The Cougars would score the final bucket of the quarter on a jumper from Noah White with just over ten seconds left in the quarter. After three-quarters of play, Southwestern Randolph led 27-25.

Scoring got off to a slow start in the fourth quarter but it was the Cougars who struck first with a pair of free throws from Smith. Hardin added a three-point play to push the Cougars’ lead to seven. Asheboro would not score until under the five-minute mark when Watkins drained a three from the right-wing cutting the lead to four. Hardin and Reza combined to go three for four at the line extending the Cougars’ lead back to seven. After a bucket from McIntosh, the Cougars went on a 10-0 run that included a pair of free throws from Smith after a technical foul was called on Asheboro’s Jones. The teams traded buckets in the final minutes as the Cougars pulled out a 47-32 win over the Comets.

Parker LaPlant paced the Cougars with 11 points, while Chris Hardin finished with ten. Ethan Smith and Elijah Reza both added eight for the Cougars. Thomas McIntosh led the Comets with 16 points, while Noah Watkins notched nine. Jakiah Spencer, Avery Jones, and Kejuan Logan each chipped in two.


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