By halftime, Rocky Mount Prep’s 105-61 victory against Southern Vance was more about who could throw down a more ridiculous dunk than what the scoreboard read.
After scoring 12 unanswered points to start the game and executing nearly flawlessly, the Jaguars earned the chance to show-off on senior night.
“It’s fun, but if we know when to turn it on and keep it on, we should be good,” guard Jacob Barrett said.
Forward Deshawn Freeman switched hands on an up-and-under after catching an alley-oop off the backboard from Gary Smith.
Freeman caught two more alley-oops in the first quarter, one courtesy of Smith and the other from Barrett, who finished with a game-high 23 points.
Donte Samuels finished at the rim multiple times, but once James Bonds threw down a reverse two-hander in the fourth quarter, coach Don Reams pulled his starters for good.
“It’s fun for the crowd,” Reams said. “This is probably the most talented team I’ve ever had. Sometimes, you dream about it.”
Rocky Mount Prep (15-3), which was playing in its final scheduled game of the season, scored the first 12 points of the game and opened with 35 points in the first quarter.
“We wanted to come out and make a good start,” Freeman said. “That’s what we did,”
Other than finishing at the rim, the Jaguars showed remarkable range, knocking down six 3-pointers in the first half.
Reams said the Jaguars are trying to schedule a game against Merry Hill Lawrence Academy on Wednesday. As a change of pace, Reams has been playing his starters against each other in practice.
He left his starting unit in the game until the midway point of the fourth quarter in hopes that his team will play its best at the right time – the start of the playoffs.
“We would love to start peaking around February the 18th,” Reams said. “... You just can’t take anything for granted.”
Rocky Mount Prep 105
Southern Vance 61
SV 12 15 18 16 – 61
RMP 35 24 14 32 – 105
SV: Ty-Travgon Roberts (19 points); Qualik Shearin (9 points); Jamal Williams (9 points); Cameron Evans (8 points); Deonte Shearin (8 points); DeQuante’ Hinton (7 points); Shawn Henderson (4 points); Reggie Hunter (4 points).
RMP: Jacob Barrett (23 points); Deshawn Freeman (17 points); Gary Smith (14 points); Donte Samuels (12 points); James Bonds (11 points); Keneen Deberry (9 points); Trinyal Sumler (9 points); Aaron Oats (6 points); Markevion Pittman (4 points).
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