Posted On: 01/7/19 11:35 PM

After junior forward Quintavious Bailey knocked down the game’s first 3, he went quiet for the rest of the first half.

Raleigh-Egypt built a 16-point lead, then watched it dwindle in the second quarter. Heading into the third quarter, the Pharaohs needed Bailey to make some big shots.

He did that.

Bailey scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter to help Raleigh-Egypt (14-4, 3-1) outscore the young Wildcats (10-11, 2-3), 40-29, in the second half to put the Pharaohs over the hump with the 69-48 victory Monday night. In the first quarter, Raleigh-Egypt looked as if it wanted to put Hamilton away early.

Ricky Lofties, Cory Griggs, and Bailey each knocked down a 3, and Deovaunta Williams threw down a monstrous dunk in traffic to ignite the crowd. The Pharaohs led 17-5 after the first eight minutes.

Then, the momentum shifted.

Raleigh-Egypt had seemed to let its foot off the gas pedal, and the Wildcats started making shots to get back into the game. Guard A. Burks was the main reason why Hamilton was able to cut into its huge deficit. Burks scored 12 of the Wildcats’ 16 points in the second quarter as they went into halftime

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