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ASSISTANCE NEEDED. Southern Nash point guard Valesha Brown (with ball) looks for an open teammate while being defended by Bunn’s Whitney Bunn during last Wednesday night’s non-conference girls basketball showdown.
Return The Favor
BUNN -- Bunn found itself in an offensive quandary without one-half of its Backcourt Dynamic Duo during last Wednesday’s home matchup against Southern Nash.
With sophomore ace point guard Chepirah Neal on the bench in street clothes with a sprained ankle, the Ladycats were nowhere near 100 percent for the non-conference contest.

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Geoff Neville, Graphic Sports Writer

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LOOKING FOR A LANE. Southern Nash’s Kadeem Williams (with ball) tries to drive on Bunn’s Andre Davis during last Wednesday night’s non-conference boys basketball event at the Bunn Dome. (Graphic photo by Geoff Neville)
Sharp Shooters
BUNN -- Precipitation is always in the forecast when the Bunn Wildcats are on a red-hot streak from the field.
That’s because the Wildcats have a tendency to rain 3-pointers on defenses that aren’t as disciplined as they need to be. If an opponent chooses to play zone against the Wildcats, that’s almost a sure-fire bad strategy. But Bunn has also learned how to break down man-to-man defenses -- usually off penetration -- before dishing the ball out to an open shooter, whose defender has sagged into the lane.
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Geoff Neville, Graphic Sports Writer

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SN’s Big Signing Day
STANHOPE -- Brian Foster has experienced his share of collegiate success stories during his career at Southern Nash -- first as an assistant, then as the Firebirds’ long-time head coach. But the feeling of seeing one of his players get a chance to compete on the college level is one that never gets old.
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Geoff Neville, Graphic Sports Writer

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Knights ready for Big East
RED OAK -- Look for rust to be a factor this Saturday when the Big East Conference convenes for its annual Individual Tournament at the Northern Nash High School Gymnasium. The Big East held its Team Championships early in January, and Northern Nash claimed that title.
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Geoff Neville, Graphic Sports Writer

Arrington sparks NC Wesleyan
ROCKY MOUNT -- Behind a season-high 35 points by senior Jarmel Arrington, the North Carolina Wesleyan College Battling Bishop men’s basketball team won its fourth straight contest last Wednesday night, downing Ferrum College by a 100-90 score on the road.
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RM Defeats Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT -- Most of Tashawn Mabry’s best games have come against Nash Central.
Ask the folks who saw him last season in the NEW 6 Tournament finals as an example (36 points, 21 rebounds).
With the Rocky Mount High School senior playing his final regular season contest against the Bulldogs last Thursday night, most could see this kind of performance coming.

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Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

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Pirates receive rankings
GREENVILLE -- For the first time in school history, the East Carolina University baseball team has garnered a Top 20 ranking in six preseason polls, when the Pirates were tabbed No. 11 by Rivals.com and No. 16 by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Monday afternoon. 
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