BY MICHAEL HELD
KENLY—The North Johnston boys basketball team entertained Nash Central last Friday night on senior night to cap off regular season play.
Five different Bulldogs scored in double digits to lead the visitors past the Panthers 86-59.
Nash Central knocked down five three-pointers in the opening quarter to take a quick 26-13 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to hit shots from the perimeter but were aided by obtaining extra attempts thanks to their decided edge in rebounding the ball. Nash Central had 41 rebounds in all but what hurt North Johnston (9-13 overall, 2-8 EPC) the most were the 12 offensive rebounds that the Bulldogs turned into more points.
“We had really focused so much the past two to three weeks on rebounding and had done so much better at it and it gave us shots in games,” said North Johnston coach Chris Batten. “Tonight, everybody is going to talk about how well they shot the ball, which is true, but we need to take away the offensive rebounds.”
A.J. Styles led the guests with 15 points. Ta-Rod Brown had 14, Jay Smith contributed 13 and Tim Bridgers and D.K. Dixon each had 10.
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