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Greenwood winning streak snapped in loss

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Jaren Hornbeak’s game-high 29-point effort wasn’t enough for Greenwood’s boys basketball team Tuesday night against Southport.

The Woodmen saw their three-game winning streak snapped with an 86-60 road loss to the Cardinals.

Hornbeak scored 18 of his points in the game’s opening half, but Greenwood (6-11) fell behind early and never recovered. The 5-11 senior also registered a team-high six rebounds.

However, the Cardinals (11-7), winners of three consecutive games, held a decisive size advantage over the Woodmen and used that height, particularly in the paint, to build a 36-25 rebounding advantage.

The interior presence of 6-10 sophomore center Joey Brunk helped Southport register 13 offensive rebounds alone. Freshman Paul Scruggs topped the Cardinals with 27 points, while junior Malik Bennett added 22.

Brunk finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

As a team, Southport hit 32 of its 49 field goal attempts, but only 18 of 30 from the free throw line. Greenwood made 19 of 48 shots from the field, but committed just 14 turnovers.

Alex Rapp had eight points for the Woodmen while Justin Conley, Avonta Waddy and Spencer Isenthal each contributed seven.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 12-2 advantage and led by 15 points after the game’s first quarter, but the Woodmen pulled to within eight points midway through the second thanks to four opening-half 3-point baskets by Hornbeak.

Southport hit 19 of its 24 field-goal attempts during the first two quarters and held a 46-32 halftime advantage.

Greenwood will face visiting Mooresville Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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