SWR pulls upset; UCA, Trinity also advance in boys’ basketball state playoffs

ASHEBORO — Southwestern Randolph knocked off Piedmont Athletic Conference regular-season champion Providence Grove on the opening night of the state playoffs in boys’ basketball Tuesday night.

Uwharrie Charter Academy and Trinity will continue their boys’ seasons. Asheboro, Randleman and Eastern Randolph bowed out along with Providence Grove.

In Class 2-A, Southwestern Randolph, which holds the No. 25 seed in the West Region, won 61-58 a rare in-county road playoff game against No. 8 seed Providence Grove.

No. 12 seed Trinity beat the No. 21 seed Lexington 55-46.

No. 30 seed Randleman traveled to Shelby, losing 52-47.

In Class 3-A, No. 13 seed Asheboro, fresh off capturing the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament title Friday night, couldn’t solve No. 20 North Lincoln in a 68-51 home defeat.

UCA, which is the highest seeded Randolph County boys’ team with a No. 3 seed in Class 1-A, turned back former conference foe Albermarle, No. 30 seed, by 63-51 in Ulah.

Also in Class 1-A, No. 18 Eastern Randolph Wildcats lost by 89-54 at No. 2 seed Winston-Salem Prep.

By Randolph Record