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WAKE FOREST - Rolesville's boys basketball team got ahead early and never trailed from there as they blew out Wake Forest 69-55 on the road Friday Jan. 17.

At first, it seemed like a tight match. Then Rolesville started turning up their offense and went up 20-12 at the end of the first quarter. 

The Rams doubled their lead in the second quarter at 28-14. Then Rolesville's Bishop Radway hit a buzzer-beater near half-court to give his team some extra momentum going into halftime with a 38-26 advantage.

Rolesville used that momentum to pull off an 8-0 run to open the second half. Then the Rams extended their lead to 57-34 at the end of the period. 

From there, Rolesville cruised to a steady victory at 69-55. Bench players earned some playing time and the Rams won their second conference match in a row.

Rolesville head coach Thurman Jordan said the key to the win was his players being patient and waiting for the right opportunity to score.

"The guys were patient running our offense tonight," Jordan said. "We made some good passes inside Wake Forest's zone defense. That got us some easy shots. We need a good job attacking the basket."

One of those players who attacked the basket was Brandon Johnson. The senior forward led Rolesville with 22 points and seven rebounds in the win at Wake Forest.

"We started to play more intense on defense in the second half," Johnson said. "Coach Jordan told us to step up on defense. That's what we did."

Johnson wasn't the only player who dictated the tempo against Wake Forest. Nine different Rams scored a field goal. Radway scored 10 points, Donavon Martin dropped nine and Tim Robinson chipped in eight.

"At this point in the season, you want to have a pretty deep rotation," Jordan said. "If we're going to press on defense, we're going to need a lot of bodies. I've told the guys that if they can contribute on defense, they will have the opportunity to get some playing time."

With the loss, Wake Forest dropped to 4-12 overall. The Cougars are last in the NAC 6 conference at 0-3.

With the win, Rolesville improved to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in NAC 6 conference play. The Rams are shaping their own destiny after a conference opener loss to Wakefield. Jordan said the players need to work on committing less turnovers if they want to end up on top at the end of the year.

"We still have to be more sound when we have the lead," Jordan said. "I felt like we could have pushed our lead a little bit farther tonight. We had a lapse here and there with turnovers. We want to make sure that we handle the ball better moving forward."

Rolesville will play at Heritage Friday Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Wake Forest will play at Wakefield at the same date and time.

"We have to share the ball and play together," Johnson said. "You win games by picking it up with your intensity on defense."