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    Thursday, March 10,1977 — THE GRYPHON — Page Nine
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The Gryphons’ conference
title hopes were swished away
by the Bertie Falcons and
Arthur Gaskins by a score of 70
to 68.
Unlike the first two meetings
against the two teams, Rocky
Mount was in good shape to win
the game with a lead and just
three minutes to play. But poor
free throw shooting at crucial
points and weak rebounding
down the stretch gave Bertie the
edge.
Rocky Mount had the lead at
66-63 with 1:40 to play before
Buck Williams and Reggie
Barrett both missed a one-and-
one chance that could have
given the Gryphons a six point
lead. Arthur Gaskins then tied
the game on a 15 footer with a
minute to go. After a Gryphon
turnover Hilton Thompson
scored with 22 seconds to make
Quarterfinal
Two nights before the Bertie
game Rocky Mount was having
difficulties with Greenville
Rose, but a fourth quarter spurt
put the game away, advancing
The Gryphs to the semi-finals.
The Gryphons were led by
Buck Williams and Jeffery
Battle who combined for 58
points to carry the Gryphs to a
92-75 win, that broke a three
game losing streak. Buck scored
30 points and gathered in 22
rebounds, while Jeffery hit 28
points and grabbed 16 re
bounds.
Greenville applied a full court
man-to-man press, and it gave
the Gryphs trouble for three
quarters. Finally, in the fourth
period the Gryphons pulled
away from the Rampants,
making 10 of 13 field attempts
and connecting on all 13 free
throw attempts.
In the first half it was Jeffery
Battles’ shooting that kept the
Gryphons close, trailing by a
score of 36-35 at half. Battle was
the only player in the first half to
beat the Greenville press. He hit
his first six shots scoring ten of
the team’s first 17 points.
In the second half Buck
Williams took over the starring
role as he scored 23 of his game
high 30 points. Buck also
grabbed 13 rebounds and
blocked three shots. The Gryphs
inside play was well supported
by guards, Reggie Barrette and
Dennis Coit who scored 10
points each.
it 68-66. Dennis Coit of Gryphs
then dribbled down court and
took a low percentage shot and
missed, allowing the Falcons to
get the rebound. James Robbins
was then fouled by Rocky
Mount, and he hit both shots to
seal the victory for the Falcons.
Gryphs Charge
In the fourth quarter Bertie
widened its lead to 61-53 with
six minutes left in the game
causing Coach Reggie Hender
son to call time out. At that
point the Gryphons began to
press the Falcons and they
scored 11 straight unanswered
points to take the lead 64-61
with 3:40 to play. But then
Gaskins returned after twisting
his ankle to guide the Falcons to
their narrow victory.
Bertie made 16 of 20 throws
while Rocky Mount only hit 8 of
13 from the line as the Falcons
won the game at the charity
stripe. Rocky Mount was also
out rebounded by the Falcons
8-11 in the second half for a
30-26 advantage for the game.
Buck scored 19 points, 10 of
which came in the last period,
and snatched 11 rebounds for
the game. The opposing center,
James Robbins, scored 18
points and grabbed 12 re
bounds. The quick Gaskirts
scored 26 points even with good
defensive player Reggie Bar
rette hawking him.
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