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Cold shooting hampers Jackets in home losses to Cheraw

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Buford basketball

By Heath Joplin

 

BUFORD – Cold shooting plagued Buford teams in a pair of Region IV-AA basketball losses to Cheraw at the BHS gym on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The CHS Lady Braves rallied late to gain a 41-39 win over the Lady Jackets and the Braves took a 51-38 win to complete the league sweep.

Buford, which couldn’t find the mark in the boys game, rallied late in the game, but it wasn’t enough in the 13-point defeat.

Buford, trailing 38-18 with a period to play, used a 20-13 run in the final eight minutes only to drop the region setback.

Druw Rollings, who led BHS with 15 points, hit 14 in the final period to spark the Jackets.

“I was proud of the fight we showed,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “I was pleased with our team defense and the way we rebounded, but we didn’t shoot the ball well.”

Cheraw, 8-4, 2-1, held a 12-5 edge after the opening period, and used a 14-8 spurt to post a 26-13 lead at the break.

The Braves, with a 12-5 third-quarter run, forged a 38-18 lead with a period to go, and stayed on top despite the Jackets’ 20-13 rally in the final period.

Garrett Crenshaw hit seven and Corey Bracey netted six points.

Kholby Pate and Christian Joplin each had four points. Tomas Hayden added two points.

Dalvin Taylor led the Braves with 16 points.

In the girls’ game, Cheraw, 4-11, 2-1, rallied late to gain the two-point win over the Lady Jackets.

Buford, 7-6, 1-2, held a 30-26 lead with 5:39 to play, but the Lady Braves picked up the pace and used a 7-2 spurt to gain a 33-32 lead with 3:38 to play.

The CHS girls were able to keep the lead and notch the two-point win.

Ladaisia Jackson led the Lady Braves with 17 points, 15 in the second half. Alexis Ford hit 13.

Gabby Davis triggered the Buford attack with 19 points, 15 in the second half.

Jasona Ballard had nine points and Tatyana Stewart scored eight.

Hanna Robinson supplied three points.

Buford owned a 4-0 lead after the opening period, but Cheraw rallied to make it 7-6 at the half.

The Lady Jackets held a 24-21 edge with a period to play, but the CHS girls charged late to take the two-point comeback win.

Buford didn’t help its chances, going 2-11 at the foul line.

“Basketball is a game of emotion and we came out flat,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said. “Our free throw shooting also hurt us.”

Buford hits the road Friday for a region twin bill with Chesterfield High School.