Prep boys: Trinity splits games as Payne hits milestone

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Braeden Lamb goes up for a shot against Wheatmore’s Parker Kines during a game last week. Wheatmore’s Robert Nyamongo, left, looks on. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Randleman and Trinity were involved in a Piedmont Athletic Conference boys’ basketball showdown last week and it turned out to be a compelling matchup.

Randleman needed overtime to defeat host Trinity 74-69 with Greg Price recording 24 points, Connor Cassidy posting 18 points and Tyshaun Goldston providing 16 points.

Dominic Payne had 21 points and Brandon Campbell racked up 18 points for Trinity.

Randleman kept it going by blowing out host Wheatmore 68-31 on Friday night to give the Tigers a six-game winning streak behind Goldston’s 18 points, Pacey Wagner’s 15 points and Price’s 13 points.

Randleman entered this week alone in first place in the conference. Wheatmore is in last place in the PAC and lost for the second time this season to the Tigers.

** Trinity had highlights Friday night with Payne, a senior guard, eclipsing the 2,000-point mark for his career when the Bulldogs defeated visiting Southwestern Randolph 71-63.

Payne had 27 points in the game and Campbell supplied 22 points.

Southwestern Randolph received 21 points from Nathan Ellis.

** Eastern Randolph ran past neighboring Providence Grove 104-48 for a road victory as Nicah Taylor scored 26 points and Timothy Brower poured in 31 points. Taylor made six 3s and Brower had five long-range baskets.

That came a night after the Wildcats topped host Grace Christian 83-80 in a non-conference game, with Taylor’s 23 points and Brower’s 18 points leading the way.

The Wildcats didn’t play at the end of last week, setting them up for a three-week stretch that will include six conference games in their bid to repeat as PAC champions.

** Uwharrie Charter Academy snapped a seven-game losing streak by defeating host Wheatmore 63-47 with Aaron Smith racking up 19 points in the PAC game. Parker Kines had 18 points for Wheatmore.

On Saturday, UCA won 62-51 at Albemarle in a non-conference game.

** On Friday night, Providence Grove registered a 59-39 victory against host UCA for its second victory in its last three games.

** In the Mid-Piedmont Conference, Asheboro rolled past visiting Oak Grove 80-57 as Jerquarius Stanback had 22 points, Camden Walker added  20 points and Elijah Woodle notched 17 points. That was the Blue Comets’ only game last week as they stretched their record to 15-2.

Teams in the Mid-Piedmont Conference reached the halfway mark of league play this week. The Blue Comets started this week in a tie for second place.

** In non-conference action, Southwestern Randolph had 27 points from Ellis and 19 points from Marcus Robertson in a 66-55 decision against host North Moore.

By Randolph Record