Curry scores 47 as Eastern rolls

MEBANE, N.C. -- On a night when his Eastern Alamance team was firing on all cylinders, JamesOn Curry put on a show en route to a record-breaking performance in a 112-61 win over 3A Southern Alamance.

Curry finished with 47 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and 9 steals, and the numbers could easily have been larger. This Southern Alamance team gave the Eagles and Curry stiff competition at their place in Graham, but tonight the game was broken open early on, and Eastern never looked back.

"I really liked our composure, how we attacked the 1-3-1," said Eastern Alamance coach John Moon. "I though we shot the ball well, we shot 93 percent from the free throw line, and had 25 assists to only 17 turnovers. It was a great win."

The style of play tonight was advantageous for Curry, and the running game opened up opportunities for a series of highlight reel quality plays in addition to stopping Southern from being able to get set in the 1-3-1 on many possessions.

On one run, Curry made a three, stole the inbound for a layup, and then on the ensuing Southern possession tipped a pass to his point guard who lofted it off the backboard for a two handed Curry slam. Curry then had back-to-back assists to open teammates in the post once he was double-teamed in the lane.

"I was able to have a night like tonight because I looked to get everyone involved first," Curry said. "I wasn't looking for myself as much and it just came because everyone was involved. The core here is very good, and that's what it is about. Also, we ran well, and it is like Coach [Moon] says when you run you get easy shots and layups and it just comes easily."

Foul trouble was once again a concern early in the game, with Curry picking up his second foul with 1:23 to play in the first quarter. After sitting for the remainder of the period, Curry played the rest of the game without being whistled for a personal foul, something that pleased the future UNC guard.

"That's the way I like it, to be able to play without worrying about the fouls. I like to be aggressive, and when one whistle can put you on the bench you have to hold back some," a smiling Curry said after the game.

Curry scored early and often via his newly-polished mid-range skills, a facet of his game he says he has worked hard on during the offseason.

"I know at the next level you can't shake, shake, shake, it has to be one dribble, two dribbles, and get to the hole or into the lane. That's what I've been working a lot on," he said.

With 7:10 left in the game, Curry pulled up off the break on the right side of the three point line and drilled a three, the 277th of his career, breaking the previous North Carolina record of 276. He also extended his own records for 40-, 30-, and 20-point games (18, 47, and 78 respectively). Curry needs 99 points to break Lawrence "Cotton" Clayton's career scoring record of 2,758 points which dates to 1957.

Curry and Eastern Alamance play at Western Alamance tomorrow night. Check back tomorrow night for Inside Carolina's courtside coverage.

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