Bishop boys basketball: State 1-A playoffs

Josh Thompson reporting:
NCHSAA 1A Sectional Semifinals

Bishop McGuinness vs Thomasville @ Bishop

Bishop 28 12 30 21 91
Thomasville 23 13 23 15 74

Bishop Scoring
Aaron Toomey 28
Ross Diachenko 25
Steve Nealen 18
Jake McSwain 10
Matthew Paspy 5
Atticus Lum 2
Robbie Fitzgerald 2

Thomasville Scoring
Dee Dow 22
Dominique Pickett 15
DJ Mclendon 12
Benjamin Thomas 14
Brad Wilkes 7
Brandon Lucas 4

Steve Nealen’s 3 three point field goals in the first quarter propelled the Villains to the 28-23 first quarter lead. The second quarter was even but Thomasville’s Dee Dow made a 3/4 court three point heave at the buzzer to cut the Bishop halftime lead to 4. Bishop caught fire in the third, with five three pointers (Nealen 3, Diachenko 1, Toomey 1 at the 3rd qtr buzzer). Toomey had 23 points in the second half including 9 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Diachenko had 15 in the second half for the Villains. Jake McSwain played big on the post for Bishop chipping in with 10 points. Bishop will now host Winston Salem Prep on Friday for the Sectional championship.

Aaron Toomey 29 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists
Zach Toomey, Atticus Lum 5 rebounds

Bishop 27-2
Thomasville 15-5