PAC boys: Tigers take tournament title

Tyshaun Goldston had a big role in Randleman’s PAC Tournament games. (Randolph Record file photo)

RANDLEMAN – Randleman kept getting better in the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament championship game for boys’ basketball.

That’s much how the season has gone as a whole for the Tigers.

Tyshaun Goldston poured in 34 points and top-seeded Randleman defeated second-seeded Trinity 69-47 in Friday night’s title game.

Jirah Price had 12 points and Chase Farlow notched nine points to help the Tigers (20-5) avenge a loss from their regular-season finale.

Randleman led 23-19 at halftime, then produced 23 points in each of the final two quarters. A 9-2 run for the Tigers begin the second half helped set the tone.

Trinity was within 48-40 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t catch up.

Dominic Payne and Brandon Campbell both scored 15 points and Jacob Hodges had nine points for Trinity (18-9).

Since the beginning of January, Randleman went 12-1 entering the state playoffs.

In a three-year span, five of the seven PAC teams have played in the league tournament final. Trinity is the lone repeat title-game qualifier among that group, falling in the two straight finals.

After a quarterfinals bye, Randleman rode Goldston’s 27 points and Connor Cassidy’s 15 points in a 74-45 rout of visiting Southwestern Randolph.

Trinity’s 71-56 home semifinal victory against third-seeded Eastern Randolph, which was the defending champion, came with Payne’s 22 points and Hodges’ 19 points. Those contributions helped offset Timothy Brower’s 22 points for the Wildcats.

In the quarterfinals, Trinity’s 93-45 home trouncing of last-place Wheatmore came with 27 points from Payne and 18 points apiece from Hodges and Campbell.

Nicah Taylor poured in 29 points as Eastern Randolph won 83-77 against sixth-seeded Uwharrie Charter Academy in the quarterfinals in a matchup of the league’s two Class 1-A teams. Braedon Lamb’s 18 points and Jeremiah Spinks’ 16 points paced the Eagles.

Fourth-seeded Southwestern Randolph won 61-50 against visiting fifth-seeded Providence Grove to open the tournament as Brayden Chapman had 22 points, Marcus Robertson notched 17 points and Julian Mosley had 16 points. Jackson Rhyne’s 13 points led the Patriots.

By Randolph Record