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Pender can't hold onto big lead, falls short in 1-A boys state title game

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- Addison Spruill scored 25 first half points for Pender. The Patriots led North Rowan 39-25 at halftime at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, but North Rowan won 64-57 outscoring Pender by 21 after intermission. Pender actually held a 19-point advantage in the second quarter. Spruill was the only Patriot to finish the game in double figures

WWAY covered the Pender game on Saturday. We'll have extensive game highlights, analysis and postgame reaction from the Pender-North Rowan game on the "Coach's Corner" Sunday at 6 p.m. We've posted a brief recap from our associates from the Associated Press below.

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Samuel Starks had 19 points and Pierre Givens 13, leading North Rowan to a 64-57 comeback win over Pender County for the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship Saturday.

It was the second championship for North Rowan (27-5). The first was in 1986 in 2-A.

Addison Spruill led Pender (24-5) with 32 points and 17 rebounds and Pender led 39-25 at the half.

North Rowan trimmed the margin to 47-42 after three quarters, with Givens knocking down a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. North Rowan took the lead for good on Timothy Bates' layup with 4:01 left that made it 53-52.

It was the third state title in as many seasons for North Rowan coach Andrew Mitchell, who led Salisbury to 2-A women's titles in 2009-10.

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