Auburn pulls away from Carroll, 65-58

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The Cavaliers were within three points until the Eagles used a late run to pull away.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

MAX MEADOWS -- Auburn’s Jay Reed opened the night with 3-pointers on the Eagles’ first two trips down the floor. He waited a while to sink his third, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time for Carroll County. Reed’s third trey of the night slowed a late Carroll County charge and helped propel the Eagles into the upper bracket of the BB&T Christmas Tournament with a 65-58 win Monday over the Cavaliers at Fort Chiswell High School. Carroll County (0-7) trailed 55-47 when Tyler Reavis picked Chris Cox’s pocket and drove in for a layup and a free throw, and Reavis later fed Eric Marshall for a lay-in as the Cavaliers pulled to within 55-52 with 3:25 still to play. But Reed spotted up and let fly from the right wing, swishing a 3-pointer to widen the gap back to six points, and Logan Shumaker soon would hit a pair of free throws for a 60-52 gap. The Cavaliers had one final push as Reavis scored from the lane, Ryan Frazier connected from short range and Caleb Taylor scored on a putback to cut Auburn’s lead to 62-58, but Carroll didn’t score again over the final 29 seconds while the Eagles sank three of six free throws to seal the win. As has been the case most of the season for Carroll County, the Cavaliers have been competitive, just not victorious. Ryan Gravley sank a short basket and Adam Crotts followed with a bucket from the lane, two free throws and a 3-pointer for an early 16-8 Cav lead, but Auburn staved off the run and pulled back to within two points, 19-17, by the end of the first on a pair off putbacks by Cox and Michael Welker. Auburn led 26-21 on another stickback, this one by Henry Martilla, but Ryan Marshall scored in transition to put Carroll County back on top 29-28 at the 3:08 mark of the second period. Carroll County wouldn’t lead again after Cox hit a baseline jumper for a 30-29 Auburn lead, though the Cavaliers were within a possession or two for most of the rest of the afternoon. Reed finished with 13 points for the Eagles, who were paced by Bradley Jones with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shumaker added a dozen points for Auburn. Crotts led the Cavaliers with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Mac Martin tossed in 11 points. The Cavaliers played either Fort Chiswell or PH-Glade Spring in Tuesday’s second-round game. The tournament concludes today (Wednesday).   Auburn17181614––65 Carroll County19131511––58   Auburn (4-1) Cox 4 1-3 9, Scott 1 0-0 2, Martilla 3 0-0 6, Blankenship 1 3-8 5, Shumaker 3 6-8 12, Reed 4 2-2 13, Jones 7 0-0 16, Welker 1 0-2 2. Totals 24 12-23 65. Carroll County (0-7) E.Marshall 4 0-0 8, Reavis 4 1-2 9, Taylor 2 2-2 6, Gravley 1 0-0 2, Frazier 1 0-0 2, Martin 4 3-4 11, Noonkester 0 0-2 0, R.Marshall 1 0-2 2, Crotts 6 5-6 18. Totals 23 11-18 58.   Three-point field goals – Auburn 5-14 (Reed 3, Jones 2), Carroll County 1-15 (Crotts). Rebounds – Auburn 34 (Jones 10), Carroll County 38 (Crotts 10). Turnovers – Auburn 21, Carroll County 20. Team fouls – Auburn 18, Carroll County 19. Fouled out – Crotts.