TRENTON - Calvin Alphin drained the game-winning free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining and lifted Spring Creek past Jones Senior, 46-44, on Wednesday evening.
Alphin tallied 12 of his team-high 21 points in the final period.
Deyjohn Leonard contributed 14 points, including an 8-for-8 effort at the free throw line. Jamill Burrell and Robert Strickland controlled the glass with nine rebounds apiece.
Second-year SC head coach Jeff Davis said Daniel Gaylor drew the defensive assignment against high-scoring point guard Djimon Jones, and held him scoreless in a diamond-and-one scheme.
The Gators (2-1 overall) return home Friday to face Union.
SC girls prevail
TRENTON - Madison Broughton and Emily Williams each turned in a double-figure scoring performance during Spring Creek’s 36-27 triumph over Jones Senior on Wednesday evening.
Broughton collected three rebounds and two blocks.
Williams pulled down seven rebounds and picked the Trojans for five steals.
Spring Creek (1-2 overall) entertains Union on Friday.
SW matmen go 1-1
DUDLEY - The Southern Wayne wrestling team cruised past short-handed county rival Eastern Wayne, 54-20, and endured a 54-30 loss to Quad County 3A foe West Johnston on Wednesday evening.
“The guys looked way more comfortable after getting their first matches out of the way last week,” said SW head coach Antorio King. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m very pleased with how much better we get every day. It’s a process, but the guys have bought in and are eager to get out there and compete.”
Amari Thomas (138 pounds), Daylan Kornegay (170) and heavyweight Nagha Miles each pinned their respective Eastern Wayne opponent.
Frankie Nunez (106), Oswaldo Quiroz (126), Jay-Sheen Boyd (145), Josh Kearney (152), Darren Harvey (182) and Jonah Patterson (220) each received a forfeit against the Warriors.
The Saints built a 24-0 lead over West Johnston after four individual bouts. Thomas, Boyd, Kearney and Wadshon Pierre-Louis (160) each recorded a pin in the scorebook.
West Johnston reeled off 30 consecutive points before SW’s Nunez tied it at 30-30 with a 72-second fall against Giovani Lopez-Vega.
Lacking competitors at the lower weights, the Saints forfeited three of the final four matches on the night.
Southern Wayne (2-2 overall, 1-1 QCC) returns to action Saturday in the 30th annual Pierce-Davis Memorial at North Pitt.
GOLDSBORO - Southern Wayne’s boys emerged victorious in the 200 medley and 400 free relays during a Quad County 3A Conference swim meet contested at B.G. Darden Natatorium.
The Saints’ foursome of Drew Bryan, Nolan Joyner, Nathan Joyner and Dylan Daniels touched the wall first in 2 minutes, 3.77 seconds in the 200 medley. Bryan, the Joyner siblings and Robert Cox logged a meet-winning time of 4:16.94 in the 400 free.
Nolan Joyner secured first in the 200 free (2:19.62), claimed second in the 500 free (7:01.91) and took third in the 200 individual medley (2:39.56).
Meanwhile, Nathan Joyner finished 0.33 seconds behind East Wake’s Tyler Henry in the 100 butterfly. Joyner logged a time of 1:05.46.
Bryan placed second in the 100 back (1:16.52) and sixth in the heavily-contested 50 free (27.22) that had 31 swimmers. Cox finished ninth in both the 200 free (2:46.77) and 100 free (1:10.12).
Dylan Daniels and Evin Williams each competed in the 50 and 100 free. Thomas Weaver and Phillip Holmes swam the 50 free. The quartet comprised the Saints’ 200 free relay that ended up eighth in 2:27.9.
Amber Hutton turned in fifth-place efforts during the 50 free (32.4) and 100 free (1:18.13).
Lilliana Alvarez swam the 50 free.