Big fourth quarter lifts Tarboro past RCS in playoffs


The Roxboro Community School boys’ basketball team had its season come to an end with a 90-80 loss to 19th-seeded Tarboro in the opening round of the 1A state playoffs Tuesday at home. The Bulldogs finished the year at 15-11 and were second in the North Central Athletic Conference.

The Bulldogs took a 60-58 lead into the fourth quarter, but Tarboro started the frame on fire, with a 10-0 run in the first 1:30.

As the Vikings were rolling offensively, the Bulldogs went quiet. RCS didn’t manage a field goal until the 4:17 mark of the fourth quarter. The Vikings exploded for 32 fourth-quar- ter points and ran away with the victory and a second round date with thirdseed Pamlico.

Nasir Stokes led the Bulldogs with 21 points, with 11 coming in the third quarter.

Dylan Jones got off to a blistering start with 16 first-half points, including five 3-pointers.

The junior guard was held without a basket in the second half and finished with 18 points.

Bryson Pleasant and J.R. Paylor chipped in 11 points, while Te’Shon Clayton finished with eight. Jalen Bailey came off the bench and added six, while Mack Warren rounded out the scoring with two.

Caleb Whitley paced the Vikings with 26 points.


The Roxboro Community School girls’ basketball team will host NCAC foe Vance Charter Thursday in the second-round of the 1A state playoffs.

The Bulldogs, a two-time 1A East finalist, received an opening-round bye.

Vance Charter earned a spot in the second round with a 59-34 rout of Rocky Mount Prep in Tuesday’s opening round.

RCS has defeated Vance Charter three times this season, including a 75-50 in the NCAC championship game last Friday night.

Game time has not been announced as of press time.


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