High School Basketball Roundup: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2013


Wallace-Rose Hill 57, Topsail 56

Topsail came up on the short side of yet another close game Monday night, falling to Wallace-Rose Hill 57-56.Wallace-Rose Hill sprinted out to a large first-half advantage, leading by 15 at halftime. But Topsail rallied in the second half, by going inside. Despite Wallace’s size advantage, Topsail’s Devin Williams scored 12 points, all in the second half, many off of offensive rebounds.

“We’ve got to do a better job of defensive rebounding,” Wallace-Rose Hill coach Steve Robinson said. “We’re not very good at it right now.” With consistent scoring, Topsail cut the lead to eight points after the third quarter and closed to within two points with 3:00 to play in the game. But Wallace was able to get just enough to hold off Topsail. Justice Obasohan tipped in a missed free throw in the final seconds to give the Bulldogs a four-point lead, and Marcus Newkirk hit two free throws to ensure the win. “This was a good win for us,” Robinson said. “The fourth quarter we settled down and that’s good – we’re going to have some close games in conference play.”

Jack Britt 49, Laney 39

Laney’s boys came out hot, but cooled off in the second half. The Buccaneers led Jack Britt for much of the first half on the strength of long-range shooting – even with leading scorer and outside shooter Kirby Kealon out with an injury. Laney knocked down three three-pointers in the first two quarters and led 22-18 before halftime. But Jack Britt went on an 8-0 run to close the first half and take a 25-22 lead at the break, and Laney wasn’t able to rally.“We’ve just got to play better,” Laney coach Nate Faulk said. “It’s harder without Kirby, but we need to make shots.”