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Area basketball players compete on national stage

Two played in NCAA tournament

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Purdue's Grady Eifert (24) pulls down and controls a rebound against Old Dominion's Aaron Carver (13), Joseph Reece (15) and Xavier Green (10) during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Three former area boys’ basketball players competed at the national level in men’s college basketball tournaments this week.

Former Northeastern standout Aaron Carver along with John A. Holmes’ De’Vondre Perry took part in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, while former NHS guard Damar Sutton competed in the NJCAA Division II men’s national tournament.

Carver, a member of the Old Dominion University men’s basketball team, lost to Purdue 61-48 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Carver, a redshirt-junior, played 22 minutes and posted four points with a steal for ODU (26-9).

The Monarchs were the No. 14 seed in the South Regional, while Purdue (24-9) was the No. 3 seed in the region.

Carver ends his season by starting in all 35 games for ODU, averaging 2.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

This season, he helped Old Dominion win the Conference USA tournament championship and clinch ODU’s first bid to the NCAA tournament since 2011.

Purdue advances to today’s second round game against No. 6 seed and defending national champion Villanova.

Perry, a sophomore at Temple University, played in nine minutes in the Owls’ 81-70 loss to Belmont in a First Four play-in matchup Tuesday at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

Perry started in 20 of 33 games for Temple this season and posted 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.

Temple ends its season with a 23-10 record.

Belmont, the No. 11 seed in the East Regional, lost to No. 6 seed Maryland 79-77 Thursday.

Sutton, a freshman at Pitt Community College, paced the Bulldogs to a 1-2 record at the national championship tournament in Danville, Illinois.

Pitt lost to Pima Community College (Ariz.) 105-73 Friday in a consolation round game.

Sutton scored eight points with four rebounds and an assist in the game Friday.

The Bulldogs lost their opening game at the tournament to Johnson County Community College (Kansas) with a 96-69 result.

Sutton played 28 minutes in the game and scored a team-high 12 points with all 12 points coming from behind the 3-point line.

Sutton added four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Pitt bounced back with a 77-66 win against Dakota County Technical College (Minn.) Thursday.

Sutton scored 11 points, with six rebounds, an assists with a block in 23 minutes.

Pitt Community College ends its season with a 24-10 record.