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Chance Crowder (1) scored 10 points in Rockingham's win over Ellerbe on Thursday. Chance Crowder (1) scored 10 points in Rockingham's win over Ellerbe on Thursday. Deon Cranford - The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — Earning its second win in as many days, the Rockingham Middle School boys’ basketball team defeated Ellerbe on Thursday.

The Rockets earned a 66-20 victory, improving to 4-0 on the season. 

Eleven different Rockingham players found the basket, including a team-high 10 points from Chance Crowder and Jayden Hamilton.

Landon Legrand was the Wildcats’ top scorer, netting 8 points. Teammates Colton Brown and Grayson Roscoe each tallied 4 points.

Rockingham got off to a fast start, outscoring the Wildcats 19-1 in the first quarter. Crowder and Hamilton each scored six points in the opening period, with teammates Andrea Streeter chipping in 4 points and Keonta Pegues knocking down a three-pointer.

James Pack put Ellerbe on the board with a free throw in the first, scoring his only point of the game.

The Wildcats managed to keep the second closer, netting seven points to the Rockets’ 10 points. Legrand got his scoring started with a field goal and a free throw, and Brown knocked down a triple. Roscoe added a free throw before the half.

Kerick Hairston scored all eight of his points in the second, connecting on a pair of threes and a field goal for Rockingham. Scoring the other two points was Domonic Tillman, who finished with six points. At the break, the Rockets led 29-8.

Eight players for Rockingham scored in the third quarter, which saw the Rockets add 27 points to the board. Crowder, Hamilton, Tillman and Tyler McKenzie all scored four points on two field goals apiece.

Pegues, Graham Odom and Jaden Wall combined for nine points, each knocking down a triple. Kamari Liles recorded the other two points from the free throw line.

Legrand capped his scoring with all five of Ellerbe’s points in the third, coming on a three-pointer and a field goal. After three, Rockingham led 56-13.

Streeter tallied his final five points in the fourth to finish the game with nine points, leading the Rockets in the last period. Liles added four points, finishing with six, and Keimore Crump made one free throw to round out the scoring.

Three points each from Trystin Rogers and Roscoe, along with a free throw by Brown accounted for all of Ellerbe’s seven points in the fourth.

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