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Camden advances to semifinals, tops Manteo | w/Video

Camden 62 Manteo 46

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Camden's Carlton Harrell (right) shoots during the boys' basketball game against Manteo, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Camden County High School. The game was an Albemarle Athletic Conference quarterfinal round contest.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

CAMDEN — The Camden boys’ basketball team overcame a slow start to knock off Manteo 62-46 Tuesday night in the quarterfinal round of the Albemarle Athletic Conference boys’ basketball tournament at Camden County High School.

With the win, Camden (12-13) advances to today’s semifinal round game against No. 1 seed Washington County (21-0) at Perquimans County High School at 7:30 p.m.

Reid Robeson paced Camden with 12 points, while Maximus Reid and Carlton Harrell followed with eight points each.

Camden outscored Manteo (7-13) 25-12 in the third quarter to extend a two-point halftime lead to a 51-36 advantage after three quarters.

“The last three quarters, I thought that we were solid defensively,” Camden coach Mark Harnly said. “We usually emphasize the first three minutes of the second half. We were in attack mode.”

The coach noted that when Camden was able extend the lead by 10 points, they were getting really good looks.

Robeson had the hot hand shooting from the outside as he connected on four 3-pointers in the contest.

The coach was also pleased with the defensive effort from Robeson.

“If he can give us both of those things, we’re tough,” Harnly said. “He makes us really tough. He starts us by pressuring the ball.”

Camden was able to get inside for much of the third and got baskets from Carlton Harrell and Jayden Walton.

Harnly was pleased with the play of his bigs in Harrell and Walton.

Walton posted seven points and five rebounds, while Harrell had eight rebounds in the win.

Camden led by 18 points in the second half.

The No. 4 seed Bruins were paced in the second quarter by the outside shooting of Robeson.

The junior guard helped fuel a 7-2 run to start the second.

His 3-pointer tied the game at 17-all with 5:53 to go in the second.

Blaise Bozarth and Robeson would trade made 3-pointers in the second.

Camden took its first lead of the game late in the second on made free throw by Jaquan Cordy to take a 25-23 lead.

Camden led 26-24 at halftime.

It was a slow start offensively for Camden as the Bruins committed multiple turnovers in the first quarter.

No. 5 seed Manteo was able to hold a five-point advantage in the first from the outside shooting of Bozarth.

Bozarth’s 3-point shooting combined with baskets from Erik Bailey and Kalihl Williams gave the Redskins a 15-10 lead after the first.

Bradley Harrell and Tim Aydlett both scored seven points each, while Micah Tucker scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers in the win.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Perquimans 47, Camden 30: Perquimans secured the Albemarle Athletic Conference quarterfinal win at home Tuesday.

Asha Elliott led Perquimans (17-7) with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals, Jada Modlin followed with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while McKayle Knapp posted five points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in the win.

Camden ends its season with a 3-20 overall record.

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