Nandua Boys Fall to Salisbury in Overtime

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Ny'Zir Dix passes the ball to a teammate. Photo by Adolphus Ames.

By Adolphus Ames –

The Nandua Warriors varsity boys basketball team opened its season at home last Thursday, Dec. 2. The Warriors battled the Salisbury Dragons in an intense game that came down to the wire. In the end, the Warriors came up short 60-63. 

Early in the first quarter, the Warriors trailed the Dragons until Ny’Zir Dix hit a 3-pointer that tied the score at 8. Jeremiah Riley closed out the quarter with his second 3-pointer of the night, one that gave the Warriors a 16-15 lead. 

The Warriors entered the second half with a 4-point lead and attempted to maintain their lead through defensive pressure. They stripped the ball from the Dragons multiple times and threw them off balance by disrupting their offensive schemes. Eventually, the Dragons regained their composure and the Warriors entered the fourth quarter behind 40-37.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth contest. With two minutes left in regulation, the Dragons led 53-49. A 3-pointer by Dix and two clutch free throws by Riley tied the score at 54 and sent the game into overtime. In overtime, the Warriors were outscored 9-6. 

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