SET TO RETURN. Junior post Xavier Jones is among several expected returnees next season for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad under Coach Patrick Reynell. (Photos Submitted by Carl Copeland)
WARRENTON -- Barring an unexpected shift in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's playoff rankings, Bunn's boys basketball squad saw its season come to an end Monday in the first round of the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament.
Warren County went on a fourth-quarter run and pulled away from the Wildcats en route to securing a 69-48 triumph at the WCHS Gymnasium.
Bunn trailed by just 40-36 going into the decisive final frame, but the Eagles would close the contest with a 29-12 spurt.
Senior Jaylen Perry paced the Wildcats with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, while teammates Quay Mosley (8) and Myles Dotson (7) combined for 15 markers.
It was the final career outing for BHS upperclassmen Perry, Dotson, Bryant Baskerville and DJ Miles.
"They were four wonderful kids who battled all year for me,'' said BHS veteran head coach Patrick Reynell. "Myles started as a practice player his freshman year and ended up being a starter and senior captain. That kid worked his tail off. Jaylen is a three-year player and could've easily been a three-year starter. He is one of the toughest kids I ever coached.
"D.J. is a positive influence on us and someone who loves his teammates more than himself, and it shows every day. Bryant earned major minutes this year and had multiple games where he was our most influential player. I am proud of how he has handled the ups-and-downs of his playing time since he was a freshman.''
Bunn closed the campaign out with a 11-14 overall mark to go with a worksheet of 4-8 in the Northern Carolina Conference.