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Wall helps Cavaliers to road win over rival Ellerbe

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Jamarion Wall scored 21 points to help Cordova defeat rival Ellerbe on Thursday. Jamarion Wall scored 21 points to help Cordova defeat rival Ellerbe on Thursday.

ELLERBE — Meeting in the northern end of the county for some boys’ basketball action Thursday were longtime rivals Cordova and Ellerbe middle schools.

It would be the visiting Cavaliers who would earn the win, rolling past the Wildcats 52-27. 

Cordova’s Jamarion Wall led all scorers with a game-high 21 points, helping the Cavs return to the win column after suffering a loss last week to Rockingham Middle School.

Jamison Jones helped the visitors earn the win with 12 points of his own, while teammates Isaiah Lockhart and Chris Grey added eight and four points, respectively.

Ellerbe was playing for the second time in two days, and it was eighth grader Conner Utley who led the team with 12 points. Dalan Utley contributed seven second-half points, and rounding out the Wildcats’ scoring was Freddy Hill with eight points.

“Everyone was able to play and contribute to the win,” Cordova coach Gerald Ratliff said.

Wall scored all of his points in the first three quarters, starting the opening frame with nine points on three field goals and three free throws. Contributing to the 15-point quarter was Lockhart with a pair of field goals and Jones got his scoring started with a basket.

Hill, who hit two three-pointers in the game, knocked in his first one during the opening period. But that would be all the points Ellerbe scored.

Cordova outscored the Wildcats 14-10 in the second, taking a 29-13 lead into the break. Wall netted three more field goals for six points, while Conner Utley got his night started with six points of his own.

Lockhart finished his scoring with four points for the Cavs, with Grey and Jones each netting two points. Hill helped Ellerbe stay competitive with two more points before the break.

The Wildcats’ scoring woes continued in the second half, scoring just 14 total points. Six came in the third on two field goals from Conner Utley and another by Dalan Utley. To close the game, Dalan Utley went off for five points in the fourth and Hill connected on another shot from downtown.

Cordova helped put the game away with 12 points in the third and 11 more in the fourth. Wall had six points in the third to end his scoring, while Jones chipped in four points in each quarter.

Ellerbe and head coach Tommy Shelton saw their record drop to 1-6 on the year and will prepare for West Hoke Middle School at home on Monday at 5 p.m. The Tigers are currently leading the Southeastern Middle School Athletic Conference standings.

The Cavs (4-2) will look to remain in the top half of the conference standings when they battle in-county opponent Hamlet Middle School (4-2) on Monday with a start time of 5 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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