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The Roxboro Community School boys’ basketball team is officially on a winning streak.

The Bulldogs used a huge second and an explosive performance from senior Dylan Jones to knock off Warren County, 78-63 Wednesday at home.

The non-conference win marked the Bulldogs’ fourth consecutive victory and improved their record to 9-10 overall heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

The Bulldogs have six games remaining, all against North Central Athletic Conference competition, including Friday’s matchup with Vance Charter.

Results were unavailable at press time.

RCS headed into Friday’s game in a three-way tie with Falls Lake Academy and Voyager Academy for second place in the conference. RCS will face both teams in the final two weeks of the season.

The Bulldogs picked up a little momentum in Wednesday’s non-conference win against Warren County. RCS trailed 35-33 at the half, before taking control in the third quarter and never looking back.

The Bulldogs opened the second half on a 10-2 spurt highlighted by back-to-back threes from Nasir Stokes and Dylan Jones. Jones found Stokes open at the top of the key for a wide open three and drained one himself a minute later. Warren County tried to work its way back and closed to within two before the Bulldogs finished off the third on a 7-0 run.

Stokes capped off the explosive third quarter with a driving layup at the buzzer after having a pass deflected in midair fall right back in his arms in stride.

The Bulldogs led by double digits for the entire fourth quarter.

Stokes and Jalen Bailey battled through foul trouble all night and finished with 11 points each.

Jones had his biggest offensive night of the year, with a season-high 33 points. The senior guard buried six of the team’s eight threes on the night and hit 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

Forward Bryson Pleasant was a force inside and poured in 16 points, 12 coming in the second half.

J.R Paylor finished with four and Colby Rountree capped off the scoring with one.

Andrew Smith carried the Eagles’ offensive with 25 points, with six 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs will be back in action Tuesday when they host Oxford Prep for senior night. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. following the girls matchup at 6 p.m.

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