Cavs hold off West Stokes to advance
Cuthbertson High's boys basketball team is headed back to Greensboro.
The Cavaliers advanced to the 2A state quarterfinals for the second straight season with a 74-68 home win over West Stokes in the third round on Friday.
Cuthbertson, which is the No. 1 Midwest seed, improved to 27-3 on the season. West Stokes ends its year with a 23-7 record.
The Cavs play Trinity (22-4) in the quarters at Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday at either 6:00 or 7:30 p.m.
Friday's win didn't come easy.
After winning their first two playoffs game by an average of 35.5 points per game, CHS found itself facing a four-point deficit (34-30) to the Wildcats at the half.
But the Cavs responded by outscoring West Stokes 27-10 in the third quarter to build a double-digit lead they never gave up.
The Wildcats trimmed the lead to three (71-68) with just under 30 seconds left, and after a CHS turnover, had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds.
However, Cuthbertson senior Isaiah Cureton came up with a steal and knocked down two free throws with 10 seconds left to seal the victory.
Junior guard Shelton Mitchell led Cuthbertson with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists while Cureton finished with 21 points, four rebounds and four steals.
Josh Spainhour paced West Stokes with a game-high 24 points.