Prep boys: Randleman, Eastern Randolph, Asheboro look to build off big weeks

Eastern Randolph’s Julian Brooks goes up for a shot against Southwestern Randolph’s Nathan Ellis last week in Ramseur. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Randleman’s boys’ basketball team clinched the Piedmont Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a couple of convincing victories last week.

Heading into this week with an 18-4 overall record and 11-0 mark in PAC play, the Tigers could sew up a perfect league mark by winning Tuesday night’s finale against visiting Trinity.

Randleman’s 69-50 victory against host Uwharrie Charter Academy came with 18 points apiece from Tyshaun Goldston and Greg Price.

The Tigers finished the week with an 84-58 romp at Providence Grove with Jireh Price racking up 21 points, Greg Price scoring 19 and Connor Cassidy with 14 points and seven rebounds.

** Eastern Randolph cranked out three victories last week, including twice in PAC play.

The Wildcats began with a 90-70 clobbering of visiting Southwestern Randolph as Nicah Taylor had 22 points and Timothy Brower and Julian Brooks both posted 20 points. Marcus Robertson (25 points) and Nathan Ellis (21) countered for the Cougars.

On Friday, Eastern Randolph stopped UCA 61-40 with Taylor’s 17 points the top mark. Braedon Lamb had 18 points for UCA.

In between PAC games, the Wildcats claimed a 92-90 non-conference victory against visiting Grace Christian.

** Trinity’s Dominic Payne had another huge game with 36 points in the Bulldogs’ 79-51 victory against visiting Providence Grove. That was Trinity’s lone game of the week.

** On Friday, Southwestern Randolph hammered visiting Wheatmore 51-24 as Josh Adkins had 13 points.

** In the Mid-Piedmont Conference, Asheboro won twice in dominating fashion last week, but it won’t repeat as regular-season league champion.

The Blue Comets can’t catch Central Davidson, but they can finish alone in second place depending on this week’s results.

Asheboro entered the last week of the regular season with an 18-3 overall record, so a 20-win regular season is possible.

The Blue Comets drubbed host Ledford 93-47 as Jerquarius Stanback dumped in 30 points and Camden Walker rang up 19 points to lead five players with double-figure totals.

Then came Friday night’s 85-27 squashing of visiting Montgomery Central, with Stanback’s 25 points and Walker’s 21 points the top totals.

Next week, Asheboro will be the host school for the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament semifinals and finals. The boys’ and girls’ semifinals are slated for Wednesday and Thursday, with the finals Friday (Feb. 23).

By Randolph Record