Jerec Thompson’s grandfather, Ray Durham, asked him to score 30 points in his season-debut on Thursday night against the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Thompson did him one better. Actually, he did him eleven better. Thompson scored a career-high 41 points as the Panthers defeated the Unicorns 73-54 inside Unicorn Gymnasium. It was Thompson’s first game of the season after he suffered an injury during a scrimmage at Franklinton High School in a game against Vance County. Thompson was held to 12 points in the first half, but lit up the Unicorns for 29 points in the second half. Thompson eclipsed his previous career-high of 32 points set on February 6 against Vance County in Henderson. The Panthers earned its first win of the season. They will open its Central Carolina Conference slate against Northwood in Pittsboro on Saturday.

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