Ta’Korrie Faison got the ball off a Southern Wayne turnover and ran down the right sideline toward the Southern Wayne basket.
Faison jumped into the air to throw down a dunk.
Slam. The crowd goes wild.
And a grand — as in 1,000 points. Faison’s dunk early in the second quarter made him the latest Goldsboro basketball player to score 1,000 points in his career.
After the dunk, the game stopped as Faison was presented with a commemorative basketball to recognize his achievement. Faison also took pictures with his family members at the game.
“I’m proud of him. He’s worked hard this season. In the offseason, he worked hard.” Goldsboro head coach Jamal Croom said. Just talking with him and getting him to understand the mental aspect of basketball, and I’ve seen a lot of good things from him.”
Once play resumed, Faison and his teammates pulled out a 76-62 victory over the Saints. Faison ended the night with 26 points — officially now 1,011 for his career.
Tajmari Joyner also scored 26 points, Justice Wooten added eight points, while Myron Miller dropped in five points.
The Cougars controlled most of the game and led 38-29 at halftime. After a 6-0 run to start the third quarter, the Cougars led by double digits for the rest of the game, but the Saints never let Goldsboro rest.
Southern Wayne trailed 59-44 at the end of the third quarter. Goldsboro opened the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run that put the Cougars in front 66-46.
Southern Wayne kept playing hard, but the hole was too deep, and the Cougars got to celebrate Faison’s big night with a victory.
“Credit to Southern Wayne. They were physical with us,” Croom said. “They didn’t let us do things that we normally do, so they just did a good job challenging us.”
Goldsboro (15-4 overall, 9-0 NSC) concludes the regular season at the road Friday against Eastern Wayne (9-12, 5-4). Tip-off is approximately 7:30 p.m.
Regardless of the result against Eastern Wayne on Friday, the Cougars wrapped up another conference title. It marks the Cougars’ third conference title in four years.