Curry nabs first triple double of season

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Despite scoring 34 points and securing his first triple double of the season, it was JamesOn Curry's passing display that epitomized Eastern Alamance's 76-63 victory over Cedar Ridge.

"I thought that they had a long layoff, we had a long layoff, so it was kind of like a guessing game," Eastern coach John Moon said after the game. "I don't think we ever got a consistent flow going on offense or defense, and I'm not sure they did either."

The second quarter of this sold-out affair was perhaps Curry's most spectacular passing span of the entire season. Curry had six assists in the quarter, including around the back passes, through the legs passes, and one jaw-dropping series when he beat two defenders off the dribble only to flick it over his head to 5-6 Breon Lewis for an easy two.

"We felt very fortunate to come down here, away from home, and get a win to go 8-0 in the conference. The win puts us two games ahead of the rest of the league with four games to play, and two of those are at home. The unselfishness and team orientation of our guys is also great to see," Moon commented.

There was one glaring negative in the game for Curry, however. For the first time in the collective memory of Eastern Alamance, Curry missed both shots during a third quarter trip to the line.

"I think he did that once in seventh grade," a laughing Coach Moon said.

With the regular season winding down, the Eastern Alamance staff tried out numerous new sets and defenses, including a 1-3-1 zone and a three quarter court press, with an eye towards the playoffs.

"We were trying to put in a little wrinkle here, a little wrinkle there, to prepare ourselves for the conference tournament and post-season play. With eight conference victories now we are guaranteed to be in the state playoffs, which was one of our goals," Moon said. "Now, we'd clearly like to win the conference and get that first round bye, but that's up to them. We have to get back to playing the way we were before the break [due to the ice storm]."

With the playoffs looming, Eastern Alamance and Curry are sure to see ratcheted up intensity levels throughout the rest of the season, and IC will be there to bring you full coverage.

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