Curry scores 54 in runaway win

MEBANE, N.C. -- A game that started as a hotly contested match between two seemingly comparable teams ended in a 116-76 blowout as JamesOn Curry scored 30 of his 54 points in the second half.

The game visibly shifted mid-way through the third quarter with Eastern Alamance up only two points. Breon Lewis, Kevin Graves, and Curry (who finished 17-32 from the field, 5-11 from three point range and added 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and one block to go along with 3 turnovers) hit back to back to back threes to reopen the lead, and Eastern never looked back.

"They had been killing us in the post and with movement out of the corners, but Kevin Graves and Breon Lewis gave us a working margin with their outside shooting and they got away from what they were trying to do," Eastern coach John Moon said after the game.

The real climax of the game came after a vicious foul in the open court as Curry was going up for a dunk, which nearly created an on court melee. Curry responded with two rapid threes and a statement one handed jam that brought down the packed house.

"After that hit, we were just trying to do three things: get his teammates around him so he wouldn't be involved in something that could get him suspended for two games, make sure he wasn't hurt, and getting a timeout so we could calm everything down," said Moon.

Curry calmly drained the flagrant foul free throws, the contact free throws, and on the ensuing possession drained a three from well beyond NBA range. Eastern never looked back en route to a 40-point win.

"I just put my hands on his and told him to calm down, that they were just trying to get him out of his game," Moon said with a wry grin. "They certainly didn't succeed in that."

The performance was the most impressive this reporter has seen to date, and the steal and dunk right before Curry was brought to the bench (to a standing ovation) was truly impressive.

Eastern Alamance doesn't play again until next Friday, and as always IC will be there to bring you full coverage.

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