2018-01-10 / Sports

Going for nine in a row

Rockets travel to NE Guilford Friday after winter layoff
BY KELLY SNOW
COURIER-TIMES SPORTS EDITOR


Person boys basketball player Dravon Mangum soars for a one-handed dunk during the championship game of The Gazette-Virginian Holiday Classic. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Person boys basketball player Dravon Mangum soars for a one-handed dunk during the championship game of The Gazette-Virginian Holiday Classic. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES The Person High School boys’ basketball team will be looking to keep its recent hot streak going Friday when it travels to Northeast Guilford.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. as the final game of a tripleheader. The JV boys will faceoff at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity girls at 6 p.m.

Person (12-1 overall, 4-0) enters Friday’s game on an eight-game winning streak and in the middle of a crowded race for the top of the Mid-State Conference.

Person, Northern Guilford and McMichael are in a three-way tie for the conference lead with matching 4-1 records, while Eastern Alamance is just a halfgame out at 3-1.

The Rockets have been on a roll since its Dec. 12 loss to Eastern Alamance, winning six of their eight games by double-digits. They knocked off 3A regional finalist Northern Guilford during that span and dominated both Bluestone (Va.) and Halifax (Va.) en route to the title in the Gazette-Virginian Holiday Classic.


Person’s Daiquan Fuller locks down a Halifax guard during a recent game. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Person’s Daiquan Fuller locks down a Halifax guard during a recent game. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Friday’s game will be Person’s first since surviving a late rally at Jamestown Ragsdale for a 60-57 win. The Rockets had a game scheduled at McMichael last Friday that was postponed because of the winter weather that hit the area late last week.

Northeast Guilford is 5-7 on the season and 2-3 in the Mid-State.

The Rams are coached by former University of North Carolina player Curtis Hunter.

The Rockets have jumped to 20th in the latest MaxPreps Adjusted Rankings, released Monday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The Adjusted Rankings is similar to the power rankings used by Max- Preps on its website, except margin of victory has been removed from its formula.


Person’s Devaun Nelson scores over a defender during a recent game. 
KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES Person’s Devaun Nelson scores over a defender during a recent game. KELLY SNOW | COURIER-TIMES The ranking is an element used for playoff selection and seeding.

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