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LOUISBURG — South Granville set the pace early in its senior night conference match against Louisburg, and with a 75-61 win, the Vikings remain undefeated for the season.
The Vikings ran the court well in the first quarter with Bobby Pettiford making the first basket. Wy’kise Allen connected on a short jumper to give South Granville a 4-2 lead.
Pettiford scored an easy 2 after stealing the ball and racing toward the basket. Kobe Jones scored the next two buckets for the Vikings on short jumpers.
Louisburg finally answered with Marcus Portis scoring in close and Ethan Wood firing away from downtown. The Warriors pulled to within six points on Wood’s triple.
Jones lobbed the ball to Pettiford, who attacked the rim and finished with a look to silence the Louisburg fans.
That seemed to spark the Warriors. Wood connected on another 3-pointer and Elijah Jamison went hard to the basket, trimming the lead to 13-12.
Allen stopped and popped a 2 from inside the arc and Pettiford finished with a drive from the right side of the lane. Allen lifted for a long 3-pointer to give South Granville a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Louisburg opened strong in the second quarter with Jamison, Ja’Heim Brown and Wood scoring before South Granville could blink.
Jones changed that with a drive to the basket for a layup for the Vikings. The Warriors would not give up and looked to Khylil Carter for a basket.
Jamison gave Louisburg its first lead since the opening basket with a rebound and stick back from the right side of the basket.
South Granville responded quickly with Pettiford and Micah Jones scoring on back-to-back trips down the court. Christian Byrd grabbed a rebound and made the short jumper to give South Granville a 32-25 lead.
Allen scored on a short jumper and Jamison responded with a jumper for Louisburg. Pettiford broke loose with another runner to the basket and Jo’Ron Davis scored with a floater for the Warriors.
Pettiford had the ball in his hands with time running off the clock. He drove in to force the Louisburg defender to step back. Pettiford used one bounce to get behind the arc and fire up a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.
The Vikings had a 39-29 lead going into the third quarter.
Jamison gave Louisburg a little life early in the quarter with a basket in the paint. Kobe Jones showed his skills in the paint with back-to-back baskets for the Vikings.
Micah Jones connected on his second 3-pointer of the evening and Pettiford followed with a slashing drive to the rim. The Vikings stretched the lead to 48-33, but Jamison scored for the Warriors to end the drought.
Allen put the Vikings back on top by 15 with a short jumper and Collin Tanner increased the lead three more with a solid jumper.
Portis slowed the Vikings a bit with a jumper from the left side of the lane. Allen hustled back on offense and drew a foul on the shot attempt. Allen made the pair from the line and the Vikings had a 55-37 lead.
Jamison found a loose ball and stuffed it back the basket for the Warriors, but Pettiford answered with a floater for the Vikings.
Louisburg picked up another basket from Carter to keep South Granville from running away with the game.
Jacob McMillian worked in the paint to score consecutive baskets for the Vikings and give South Granville a 61-41 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Louisburg started to battle back with buckets by Carter and Jamison. Adrian Cearnel hauled down an offensive rebound and went back up for a South Granville score.
Davis connected on his second score of the night for Louisburg and Jamison followed with back-to-back baskets to trim the South Granville lead to 66-49. Brown sank a long 2-pointer to keep the Warriors in the game.
Allen zipped through the middle, headed to the basket and scored for the Vikings only to have Turan Alston to pick up a basket on the other end for Louisburg.
Khawan Bobbitt drew a foul and made one of two from the line for the Vikings. On the next trip up the court, Bobbitt saw an opening and powered his way to the goal for a bucket.
Louisburg kept trying to make a comeback with buckets by Jamison and Brenton Bullock, but South Granville was able to seal the win with Micah Jones and Isaiah Gifford, each knocking down a pair at the free-throw line.
The Vikings claimed the 75-61 Northern Carolina Conference win over Louisburg.
The Vikings moved to 21-0 overall and 9-0 in conference play with the win.
Statistics: Bobby Pettiford (25 points, two rebounds, seven assists and five steals), Daniel Morton (two rebounds and one steal), Kobe Jones (11 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block), Amir Branch (one assist and one steal), Khawan Bobbitt (three points and one steal), Micah Jones (eight points, four rebounds and three assists), Isaiah Gifford (two points and one rebound), Christian Byrd (two points and one rebound), Adrian Cearnel (two points, two rebounds and one block), Collin Tanner (three points, one rebound and one steal), Wy’kise Allen (13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Jacob McMillian (six points and one rebound).
The Vikings host Granville Central on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.