Curry's Hot Hand Lifts Team

BETHEL, N.C. – Eastern Alamance needed a big half from its star. Trailing by a point at the break, JamesOn Curry ignited a fierce run that provided his team with the working margin it needed to capture a state sectional title on Monday.

Game-High 33 For Future Tar Heel

Eastern Alamance feeds off its best player, junior guard JamesOn Curry. As the Eagles sought to avenge a 2002 playoff loss to North Pitt, Curry led the way.

He scored 12 points in the first half on just 11 shots. He shared the ball well, found open teammates, made sure John Moon's club played at a pace it could handle and picked his spots to get his shots off. The result was a workable one-point deficit for his team. They were clearly in the ballgame.

Just four minutes into the second half and Eastern was threatening to turn this one into a laugher. Curry suddenly became the aggressor on offense and the result was one of the sharpest single-quarter offensive displays we've seen all year long.

Curry kicked off the third quarter with a slick backdoor cut for a hoop. Then a pair of 3-pointers rained from the wing, another backdoor cut, four free throws in a row and another long 2-pointer drained and all of the sudden he's on a 16 point run all by himself as the Eagles surged out to the lead.

When the run was finally stopped by North Pitt, Curry had 28 points and Moon's team rattled off 19 points in a row. Game over, right? Wrong. North Pitt wasn't ready to throw in the towel and raced out to a 14-0 run of their own and it made it a game again.

The fourth quarter would lead to more tight play with each team stepping up. But, this would be JamesOn's night and his 5-for-6 effort from the line in the final period went a long way toward sealing the win. Eastern Alamance won the game 69-65 to capture the sectional championship and advance to regionals at East Carolina.

Curry finished the contest with 33 points on 8-for-18 from the field, including a 5-for-10 effort from behind the arc. He also converted 12 of his 14 opportunities from the line to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

NOTES: North Carolina assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum was in attendance watching the future Tar Heel. …


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