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Toyaz Solomon
Toyaz Solomon led the Cobras with 21 points in the win.
photo courtesy of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Athletics

Caldwell Community College Men’s Basketball Edges Out Catawba Valley CC

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute rallied from an 11-point second half deficit and held on to complete the season sweep of Catawba Valley Community College, winning 93-91 at the Tarlton Complex in Hickory on Wednesday evening.

Toyaz Solomon led all scorers with 21 points, including a two-point basket with 32.5 seconds to go that broke an 88-all tie and gave the Cobras the lead for good.

Catawba Valley opened the game on an 8-0 run, before the Cobras responded with a 17-8 run to take their first lead of the game at 17-16 with 13:23 remaining in the half. The Cobras would build their largest lead of the game at 46-34 with 3:37 to go in the first half. Catawba Valley would respond on a 12-3 run to close the half and the Cobras led 49-46 at the break.

Jaden Miller scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half, included three, three-point baskets.

Caldwell extended their lead to five points early in the second half before the Red Hawks got hot behind the ark. Javen Chandler hit back-to-back threes and Catawba Valley retook the lead at 60-57 with 13:10 remaining in the game.

The Cobras’ Caleb Mauldin would get a layup with 10:36 to go that stopped a 14-0 Red Hawk run and brough Caldwell to within nine points at 68-59. Mauldin’s basket started a 14-3 Cobra run, including back-to-back three-pointers by RJ Black, and Caldwell retook the lead at 71-70 with 8:37 to go.

Black would hit his fourth three-pointer of the second half, giving Caldwell its largest lead of the half at 82-77 with 5:06 to go.

After Catawba Valley cut the deficit to two points, Solomon hit two free throws to put the Cobras up 84-80. The Red Hawks responded with a three-pointer by Chandler and with 2:49 remaining Catawba Valley reclaimed the lead at 86-84 after Braden Graham converted a three-point play.

The Cobras would get a basket by Brandon Miller to tie the game at 86 and another basket by Solomon as Caldwell retook the lead at 88-86 with 1:17 remaining. Catawba Valley’s Shad Thomas would tie the game with 50 seconds remaining with a jumper in the lane. Solomon’s jumper in the lane would connect with 32.5 seconds remaining, giving Caldwell a 90-88 advantage. Catawba Valley missed a shot on the ensuing possession and Jakari Dula hit two free throws to give Caldwell a 92-88 lead.

Catawba Valley did have a chance to win the game when Graham connected on a three-pointer with just over four seconds remaining to make the score 92-91. After a Red Hawk timeout, Catawba Valley would steal the in-bound pass but miss a runner in the lane that would have given the Red Hawks the lead. Solomon was fouled after getting the rebound with four-tenths of a second left and connected on one of two free throws to seal the victory.