Bertie boys drop Edenton

Published 12:42 pm Friday, February 11, 2011

WINDSOR – The Falcons secured a logjam at the top of the Northeastern Coastal Conference heading into the final regular season game.

Bertie High School’s varsity boy’s basketball team defeated Edenton 60-51 here Tuesday night to forge a three-way tie atop the league heading into last night’s (Friday) regular season finale with Hertford County.

Bertie, HCHS and Northeastern are all tied at 9-2 in the league following the Falcons’ victory.

Norman Cherry was the difference-maker for Bertie, pouring in 22 points in what was otherwise a balanced scoring night. Dreyshawn Morris was the second-leading scorer for Bertie with eight points.

Tyquan Fleming led the Aces with 14 points while Daequan Horton added nine.

It was the Aces who got things started Tuesday as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. Mack Leary and Fleming sandwiched scores around a Deshon Fleming triple for Edenton.

Travanti Wiggins finally got Bertie on the board, but the Aces rolled off seven more in a row. Horton hit the first bucket followed by a Brandon Goodwin hoop and a T. Fleming triple that made it 14-2.

The Falcons finally got going when Morris hit a three-pointer that sparked a 7-0 run for the Falcons. Cherry and Morris had the two field goals that closed it to 14-9.

Edenton scored four of the final six points of the quarter to lead 18-11 after one period.

A D. Fleming free throw gave Edenton a 19-11 lead early in the second quarter, but the Falcons started to rally.

Wykevin Bazemore hit a free throw that sparked a 6-1 spurt for the Falcons that closed the gap to three (20-17). Cherry had one hoop on the run and Reginald Lee added a three-pointer.

The Aces stormed back, however, getting three straight buckets – one each from T. Fleming, Brandon Coston and Horton – to surge back in front 26-17.

That was when the Falcons finally took over the game, rolling off 14 unanswered to take a 31-26 advantage. Cherry was the major spark on the run, hitting a pair of triples and adding a couple of free throws.

Coston finally stopped the barrage with a hoop for the Aces, but Ramon Battle buried a three-pointer just before the intermission to give Bertie a 34-28 halftime edge.

The Aces battled in the early going of the second half, but never got closer than five points until midway through the period. It was at that point Edenton rolled off seven straight to tie the game at 41-all.

Bertie, however, came right back when Lee and Cherry sandwiched three-pointers around a Cherry hoop to give Bertie a 49-41 edge heading into the final quarter.

In the final period the teams exchanged baskets most of the way with Bertie outscoring their visitors 11-10 to hold on to the victory.

In addition to the scoring leaders, the Falcons got six each from Bazemore and Lee and four points from Malcolm Cherry, Wiggins and Darius Moody. Battle and Tykevis Bazemore had three points each.