BY don beane
News + Record Staff
RANDLEMAN — Host Randleman got out of the gate quickly Friday night on the way to a 58-39 victory over Jordan-Matthews in 2A PAC 7 Conference boy’s …
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RANDLEMAN — Host Randleman got out of the gate quickly Friday night on the way to a 58-39 victory over Jordan-Matthews in 2A PAC 7 Conference boy’s basketball action.
The Jets (6-15 overall, 2-7 conference) played catch up the entire evening, never leading in the contest.
Randleman led 6-0 in the opening minutes and 15-9 after one period of play, but Jordan-Matthews closed to within 19-16 at the 6:11 mark of the second behind two driving buckets from Camden Fuquay, who closed the contest with a game-high 18 points.
The Tigers responded with a 17-3 run to close the half and take a commanding 36-19 lead behind four points each from Dominick Poole, Jaquan Snipes and Nate Cassidy, who led Randleman with 14 points in the game. Jordan-Matthews got three more points to pull within 14, but they would never get any closer.
Cassidy sparked an 8-2 spurt to open the third quarter with a pair of transition buckets off Jets’ turnovers to send the Tigers in front by a commanding 44-24 count.
Kaleb Mitchell canned two baskets later in the frame to ignite a second 8-2 run to extend the Randleman advantage to 52-28. Cassidy tallied four of his team’s six points in the fourth as the Tigers held on for the easy win.
Poole chipped in 12 for Randleman, while Mitchell added 11 and Snipes nine.
With the victory, Randleman remains one game behind league leader Wheatmore in the standings.