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Wakefield pulls out victory near end at Rolesville

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ROLESVILLE — It was one of those high school basketball games where no one knew who was going to win until the final buzzer.

Wakefield’s boys squad ended up on top at Rolesville after 21 different lead changes to win 62-59 Friday, Jan. 31.

Wakefield head coach Garrett Stevens commented on how his players stayed with Rolesville the entire night.

“We have not played to our expectations these last three games or so,” Stevens said. “It was nice to see us bounce back with our effort. Seeing that energy and fight on defense was great. Competing is the biggest thing that helped us tonight.”

The Wolverines jumped ahead on an 8-0 run. However, Rolesville fought back with a 12-1 run to take a 12-9 lead. Wakefield cut the deficit to 12-11 before the end of the first quarter.

There were seven lead changes in the second quarter. Right before halftime, Wakefield went ahead 26-25.

The third quarter was much the same. No one could establish a long run. At the end of the period, Wakefield held a narrow 42-40 advantage.

There were another seven lead changes in the fourth quarter. It seemed as if Rolesville finally had the upper hand after extending its advantage to 53-49 with 3 minutes and 34 seconds left to play.

After a couple of big shots, Wakefield took back the lead at 55-53 with less than two minutes left in the game. The Wolverines held on from there to win 62-59.

The scoring was pretty spread out for Wakefield. Jaxon Brown led the Wolverines with 13 points and added three assists. Harper Strickland scored 12 points and led his squad with nine rebounds and two steals. Colby Parcell hit three 3-pointers and ended the night with nine points, plus five rebounds.

“Colby Parcell has struggled with his shot all year, but he stepped up tonight with three 3-pointers,” Stevens said. “Jaxon Brown is a sophomore who has a bright future. Harper Strickland rolled his ankle, but he fought through it tonight. Vernon Fraley hit some big shots for us.”

With the loss, Rolesville dropped to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in NAC 6 conference play. The Rams made up for that loss with a big 78-76 double overtime win at Knightdale Tuesday.

With the win, Wakefield improved to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in NAC 6 conference play. The Wolverines are one game ahead of the Rams in the event of a tie-breaker, but they are still pushing for a 4A state playoff berth.

“This is the level we have to play at every single night,” Stevens said. “The top four teams in this conference are really tough. We just have to battle every night and see what happens at the end.”

Wakefield will play at Corinth Holders Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Rolesville will take on Wake Forest at home at the same date and time.