Colonel holds off late North Caroline rally, Dickerson drops 31

AMERICAN CORNER, Md. – Colonel Richardson built a commanding halftime lead, and held off a late charge to defeat North Caroline, 54-52, Thursday night.

The highlight of the night came in the second quarter, when Diante Dickerson connected on five 3-pointers in the period. The Colonels won the period, 25-6, taking a 21-point halftime lead.

North Caroline’s press defense frustrated Colonel in the second half. Kendron Wayman scored eight in the third, as the Bulldogs closed the gap to single digits.

The Bulldogs continued their charge in the fourth, taking the lead in the final two minutes, 50-49.

Dickerson connected on a floater, was fouled and converted the free throw, giving Colonel a 53-50 advantage with 35.7 seconds remaining. He was injured on the play and went to the bench. After the game, Dickerson said he had rolled his ankle, but will be able to play in the next Colonel game against St. Michaels on Tuesday.

North Caroline inbounded from the baseline with two seconds remaining, but the pass went to a Colonel player. The Colonels cleared the ball up court and celebrated their hard-fought victory.

Dickerson led all scorers with 31 points.

Montreyse Deshields led the Bulldogs with 19 points, Wayman contributed 18.

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