The Stallions without senior Daymaun Harvey who is nursing an ankle sprain came together to squeak out an exciting victory Friday night at home. The two evenly matched teams were very aggressive and physical all night in this low scoring contest.
The first period ended with the Stallions having an 8-3 advantage. At the end of the second period Albemarle took the lead at the buzzer when Stallions Coach Forsythe was issued a technical foul putting the Bulldogs up 14-13. A shot by Stallions Terron Dixon seemed to be in flight prior to the buzzer swished for a basket, the apparent basket did not count as the officials were uncertain of which call to make. The referees huddled together and agreed the buzzer had already sounded prior to the shot. A tough call against the home team which would have put the Stallions up 15-13 instead of being down a point at the break. The Bulldog player proceeded to sink one of two foul shots giving them the lead.
In the third period both teams played even scoring 10 points each with more physical play throughout the period leaving Albemarle with still a one point advantage 24-23. However, in the fourth and final period of the game the Stallions outscored their opponent 17-14 to come away with the conference victory. The game came down to the wire with 2.3 seconds remaining in the contest with the Stallions ahead 39-38 Jah’Quez Sanders sank a foul shot putting the home team up 40-38 to ice the conference game victory.
The leading scorers for the Stallions were Jah’Quez Sanders 12 points, Christian “Ace” Owens 10 points, Terron Dixon 9, Khalil Chapman 9.
The Stallions are now (8-6) overall, (3-0) in conference competition while the Bulldogs are now (8-8) and (1-3) in the conference. The next game is on Tuesday night away at Union Academy. The next home game will be Friday night 1/27 when North Stanly comes into town.
Lady Stallions Crushed by Albemarle 66-27
Meanwhile, the Lady Stallions continue to struggle with another crushing defeat against a solid opponent in conference competition. This game was not close from the outset as the Lady Stallions could not break the Bulldog full court press which led to turnovers and a quick 18-3 lead the ladies could not overcome. On a positive note freshman standout Ashleigh Aberly continues her outstanding play leading the Stallions with a double-double scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the contest.