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BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick held West Brunswick to two points in the final two minutes and beat the Trojans 50-45 Friday.
The victory gave the Cougars a sweep of the season series.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” South coach Dan McGougan said. “I knew West had gotten better; hopefully, we had gotten a little better. When you play a rivalry like this, it’s going to be close. I thought we played pretty good. We didn’t shoot the ball especially well. But our turnovers were pretty good. We played better in the second half. West definitely played better than the first time we played them.”
West (2-6) had taken a 43-42 with 3:43 left when Eric Hewett scored off a pass from Alfy Hill.
But the Cougars took the lead for good on a basket by A.J. Ferguson with 2:40 left. Ferguson finished with 14 points.
“I just think A.J.Ferguson is getting better and better,” McGougan said. “He’s playing on both ends. We gave him a tough defensive assignment tonight (Marcus Jackson). Offensively, he’s helping us rebounding and scoring. He’s a senior and really hasn’t played to this level until now. So we’re pleased with that.”
A free throw by Joey Hines with 59 seconds left and two by Edward McNeil with 30.7 seconds left gave South a 47-43 lead.
West cut the lead to 47-45 with 24 seconds left when Ryan Hill made a layup. West then stole the ball, but was unable to score. A free throw by McNeil put the Cougars ahead 48-45 with 18.5 seconds. West missed a 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds left, and Ervin Hall made two free throws for the final points.
“In practice,” McGougan said, “we work a lot on situations at the end of the game. We executed pretty good tonight.”
West led early, getting a 3-pointer from Marcus Jackson—he finished with 17 points—and baskets by Alfy Hill and Eric Hewett in taking a 10-4 lead.
Getting four free throws and a field goal from Ferguson, South tied the score 14-14 in the second quarter. Free throws by McNeil and a baseline layup by Rashawn Jenkins helped give the Cougars a 24-19 lead at halftime.
A field goal and a 3-pointer by West’s Pat Kamfolt tied the score early in the third quarter, and the game remained close thereafter.
Wally Kamfolt hit a 3-pointer that cut South’s lead to 29-28, and Hall hit a 3-pointer that put South ahead 34-32.
Early in the fourth quarter, Feguson scored and Hines put back a rebound, giving the Cougars a 40-35 lead. But Jackson scored West’s next six points—a field goal and four free throws—to put West ahead 41-40. A jump shot by Hall regained the lead for South, and Hewett’s basket put West back ahead by one point with 3:43 left and set up the close finish.
For South, Hall finished with 10 points and McNeil 11.
Scoring for West: Wally Kamfolt 3, Eric Hewett 5, Pat Kamfolt 6, Ryan Hill 5, Marcus Jackson 17, Alfy Hill 8, Charles Brown 1.
Scoring by South: Rashawn Jenkins 2, Montez Loman 2, Edward McNeil 11, Brian Urbina 2, Ervin Hall 10, Joey Hines 7, A.J. Ferguson 14, Terrell Stanley 2.
West’s boys lost 70-44 on Dec. 9 at Hoggard. Alfy Hill scored 14 points. No other Trojan scored more than six points.
West’s girls lost 52-35. Kayla Padgett scored eight points and had nine rebounds. Jasmine Jackson scored eight points and had five rebounds. Jordan Shaw was the only other West player to score more than four points (five). Sheena Suttlemyre had four assists.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.