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Clayton girls clinch conference title, Cleveland boys dominate rivalry matchup

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The Clayton Comets girls’ completed one of their main goals and the Cleveland Rams boys’ basketball team took care of business Friday.

In the girls contest, the visiting Comets clinched the Greater Neuse River 3-A conference title with a 47-23 win over the Rams. It was a low scoring contest, but Darrionna Howard continued her stellar play with 18 points for Clayton, who is now 8-0 in conference play.

The Rams were only down seven after the first quarter, but suffocating Comets defense led to struggles offensively for the home team. Sage Farmer led the way with six points for the Rams who need to win out and get some help to reach the postseason.

Cleveland honored forwards Megan Ellenberger and Emma Loggans for senior night before the game.

In the boys contest, the Rams led by as many as 30 en route to a 61-43 victory over Clayton. They now improve to 7-1 in conference which is tied at the top with East Wake. It was a balanced effort for the Rams, but Baron Williams led the way with 16 points.

Dylan Wiggins had a double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Walter Ghaffar added 11 of his own. Trey Field also chipped in with nine points and 14 rebounds for the Rams. Along with Ghaffar, seniors Shawan Holmes and Lorenzo Bulnes were also honored before the contest.

The Rams held the Comets to two field goals in the first 14 minutes of the game and jumped out to a double digit lead. They outscored Clayton 26-6 in the second quarter and led 40-12 at halftime. Clayton struggled to find a way back into the contest, but Javonte Long gave his best effort en route to a game-high 21 points.

Cleveland travels to West Johnston Tuesday and South Johnston Thursday while Clayton finishes out with Smithfield-Selma away Tuesday and West Johnston at home Friday. If the Cleveland and East Wake boys finish the season tied for first, there will be a tiebreaker game Friday at a place and time TBD.

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February 2021