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HSOT Game 25 (American Airlines semifinal): Kinston 44, Raleigh Millbrook 31

End of first quarter: Kinston 9, Millbrook 9

Halftime: Kinston 16, Millbrook 13; KHS led by four points from Nakeil Williams; MHS led by seven points from Karon Blount

End of third quarter: Kinston 30, Millbrook 20

Final: Kinston 44, Millbrook 31

In a game that threatened the tournament record of fewest points in a game, Kinston battled past Raleigh Millbrook 44-31 to finish in third place in the American Airlines bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational.

No Viking scored in double figures, but the team was led by Josh Dawson and Andrew Lopez, who had eight points each.

“It was a fun game, although it wasn’t the prettiest game in the world,” Kinston coach Wells Gulledge said. “You have to find some juice when you’re in your third game of a tournament, you have to make your own energy. … The kids really stepped up.”

Millbrook, which was held to 12-of-47 shooting (including 2-of-18 — 11.1 percent — from behind the 3-point line) was led by Karon Blount’s 14 points.

“This was a very tough game today, offensively,” Millbrook coach Scott McInnes said. “The stats speak for themselves.”

The tournament record of 69 points, set in 1996 by Wake Forest-Rolesville and Greensboro Day, was passed with only a couple minutes remaining.

AMERICAN AIRLINES SEMIFINAL

KINSTON 44, RALEIGH MILLBROOK 31

Millbrook 9   4   7   11  — 31

Kinston    9   7   14   14  –  44

Millbrook: Karon Blount 14, Cameron Sykes 4, Shi’Chee Moore 3, Brandon Goldsmith 3, Andrew Ezebuiro 2, Robert Brown 2, Carlee Clemons 2, Adrian Atkinson 1. Kinston: Josh Dawson 8, Andrew Lopez 8, Nakeil Williams 7, Denzel Keyes 5, Chris Hall 4, Angelo Keyes 4, Brandon Ingram 4, C.J. Bradshaw 2, Travon Jones 2.

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