Prep basketball roundup: Randleman boys make early PAC statement

RANDLEMAN – Randleman made perhaps the first big statement in Piedmont Athletic Conference boys’ basketball by knocking off defending champion Eastern Randolph 71-50 last week.

Tyshaun Goldston’s 18 points and Greg Price’s 15 points were tops for the Tigers.

Timothy Brower had 24 points for Eastern Randolph.

Entering the holiday break from conference competition, Randleman and Trinity were at 2-0 as the only teams in the PAC without a league loss.

** Trinity smacked host Wheatmore 71-38 in PAC play as Dominic Payne posted 27 points and Brandon Campbell had 15 points.

** Southwestern Randolph received 20 points from Marcus Robertson as the Cougars picked up their first victory of the season in a 60-45 toppling of host Providence Grove in a PAC game. Southwestern Randolph lost its first eight games.

** Asheboro rolled past Uwharrie Charter Academy 81-62 with Jerquarius Stanback’s 23 points leading the way in the non-league game. Braeden Lamb racked up 22 points for UCA.

** In another non-league game, Central Davidson controlled Trinity in a 68-43 decision despite Payne’s 19 points and Campbell’s 14 points.

** Eastern Randolph has won two of its first five games, both against winless Albemarle. That includes last week’s 89-48 romp.

Girls’ basketball

Randleman defeated visiting Eastern Randolph 55-31 in a rematch of last season’s PAC Tournament final, which the Tigers also won.

Audra Petty tallied 26 points for Randleman. Ziera Watson scored 14 for Eastern Randolph.

** Southwestern Randolph secured a 63-53 victory against host Providence Grove with 14 points from Caressa King, 12 points and 10 rebounds from Kenzie Martin and 10 points and 16 points from Macy Allred. Brooke Ingram had 15 points for Providence Grove.

** Wheatmore won a 47-24 home game in PAC play vs. Trinity.

** Mailey Way of Providence Grove had 14 points in a 58-47 non-conference victory against visiting East Davidson.

** UCA edged visiting Asheboro 54-51 with Nevaeh Staples posting 19 points.

Holiday tournament

Eight boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams are participating this week in the first Christmas Invitational, which is taking place through Friday night at Asheboro High School.

Participating schools in the three-day event are Eastern Guilford, Randleman, Trinity, West Brunswick, North Carolina Leadership Academy, Southwestern Randolph, Providence Grove and Asheboro.

Games Wednesday, Thursday and Friday begin at 10 a.m. each day, with the final game slated for 8:30 p.m. each night.

By Randolph Record