2018-02-10 / Sports

Dunksboro domination

Rockets slam NE Guilford, 71-52, finish tied for second in conference play
BY KELLY SNOW
COURIER-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR


Dravon Mangum celebrates with teammates after hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Dravon Mangum celebrates with teammates after hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES The Person High School boys’ basketball team slammed the door on Northeast Guilford midway through the second quarter — literally.

The Rockets got three thunderous dunks in a span of 54 seconds, ignited the standing-room-only home crowd and rolled from there to a 71-52 win in their regular season finale.

Person (19-3 overall, 11-3 Mid-State) heads into next week’s conference tournament as the three seed and will host sixth-seeded Western Alamance 6 p.m. Monday.

The Rockets swept both meetings with the Warriors, including a 54-37 victory two weeks ago at home. Person and Eastern Alamance finished with identical conference records and split their regular season meetings, each winning on its home floor. The Eagles got the tiebreaker courtesy of defeating McMichael in both games this season, including a 57-54 overtime win Friday.


Person’s Cam Brown throws down a dunk during the second half of Friday’s victory against NE Guilford. The Rockets locked up a tie with Eastern Alamance in the final Mid-State Conference standings. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Person’s Cam Brown throws down a dunk during the second half of Friday’s victory against NE Guilford. The Rockets locked up a tie with Eastern Alamance in the final Mid-State Conference standings. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Person and Eastern Alamance could meet Tuesday in the tournament semifinals, with the winner getting the conference’s second automatic seed for the playoffs and a guaranteed first-round home playoff game.

The Rockets celebrated Senior Night in a huge, loud way.

Person took a 18-12 lead into the second quarter and subbed out all five starters — with not only no drop off, but a surge.

The Rams pulled to within two, but after backto back Person baskets, NE Guilford coach Curtis Hunter called a timeout.

Just 33 seconds, he was calling another one after consecutive breakaway dunks by Nazz Smith, the first coming after a turnover with the next following a defensive rebound.


The capacity crowd at Rocket Gym Friday was greeted to a Senior Night victory. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES The capacity crowd at Rocket Gym Friday was greeted to a Senior Night victory. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES After the second timeout, Dravon Mangum got into the act, stuffing home an alley-oops that pushed the lead to 32-20 with 1:37 to play.

The senior Charlotte regame cruit launched the Rockets into halftime with a 39-27 lead after draining a deep three just before time expired.

Person led by doubledigits for the entire second half and were up as many as 25 in the late stages of the fourth quarter.

Mangum paced the Rockets with 24 points, while Cam Brown poured in 15. Smith finished with 12, while Dre Newman and Brendan Goodson added six points each. Daiquan Fuller chipped in four points, while Jack Harris and Malik Williams finished off the scoring with two.

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