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SMITHFIELD — Smithfield-Selma High senior point guard Anthony Council had 36 points in a 69-58 win against Beddingfield on Thursday night in varsity boys basketball action.
The 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Spartans (2-2) got up 19-9 early in the second quarter and never looked back. The lead ballooned before half to 34-18.
“They were hot,” Beddingfield head coach Joe Dvozenja said. “They (SSS) did a great job. They played great. They shot the ball well. It’s hard to beat a team who is clicking like that. I’ll put this one on me. We didn’t play good enough, and I didn’t have us ready for this one.”
Try as they may, the 2-A Eastern Plains Conferece Bruins (1-2) had no answers for Council, who had 20 in the first half and 14 points in the fourth quarter.
“Anthony is huge, he’s our senior leader, as he goes we go,” Smithfield-Selma head coach Matt Cuddington said about the 5-foot-10 senior. “Offensively of course, he’s always been a threat since he’s been here, but he actually is stepping up on the defensive end. The guys feed off of that too.”
SSS’s high-energy defense kept Beddingfield in check. Cuddingon said if the Spartans aren’t giving it their all on defense, then they won’t be very good.
“That’s our heart, that’s our blood, that’s our life source, that’s our energy and if we’re not like that we’re not going to be successful,” Cuddington said. “We have to play with a certain bounce, with a certain energy level especially on the defensive end, every single time we play.”
The Bruins showed good effort coming out of the locker room as they cut the lead to 39-34 in the third quarter, but never got closer than that.
Beddingfield will be in action again on Friday night in a cross-county rivalry game with Hunt.
“We never talked about Hunt, we haven’t talked about them all week,” Dvozenja said. “We know they’re ready. They all know each other. I don’t have to say anything, they do it for themselves.”
SSS will be in action on Friday as well against cross-county foe Corinth Holders. The last time the two teams met, the Trojans held a lead in the fourth, but lost.
“We’ll have to bring a lot of energy, we’ll have to play defense, and play together because that’s what hurt us last time we played them,” Council said.
Brantley 6, M. Best 21, Speight 12, Gattis 10, Davis, J. Best 1, Huggins 6, Hutcherson 2
Council 36, Lassiter 11, Howard 8, Faulk 7, Tyson 3, Sanders 4
Score by quarters:
Beddingfield 9 9 21 19 — 58
SSS 17 17 13 22 — 69