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Boys' Basketball: St. C. Falls to Africentric

December 15, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - St. Clairsville got almost everything it wanted from its game against invading Columbus Africentric.

The Red Devils played in front of a packed house against a quality opponent, but Nubians' standout player Kenny Robinson sent the crowd home unhappy when he connected on a three-point bomb from well beyond NBA range to give Africentric a 61-58 victory in boys' basketball action Saturday night.

The loss snapped St. Clairsville's 23-game home-court winning streak.

The Nubians scored 11 unanswered points, but got a little bit conservative and St. C. was able to tie the game at 58-58 with just under 30 seconds to go on a Dan Monteroso leaner.

Despite having three timeouts in his pocket, Africentric coach Michael Bates elected to let his players run it through. They worked the ball into the frontcourt, seemingly had no offense started before Robinson got free and fired the game winner.

Monteroso led all scorers in the game with 25 points. Adam Jeffries went for 11 and Ruley Carlton finished with 10.

The Franklin County combine was paced by senior Cyquil Tucker's 15. Robinson, who battled foul trouble in the first half, finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Trevon Saunders, who was a thorn in the Devils' side on both ends, added 10.

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