Win or lose on Wednesday night, the Orange men’s basketball team would arrive at the halfway point of its conference schedule once they finished its game against Eastern Alamance. They would either leave Mebane with a 4-2 record or go 3-3 into the second half of the Central Carolina Conference schedule. Once again, Coleman Cloer proved to be the closer as Orange defeated Eastern Alamance 67-56 at Tal Jobe Gymnasium in Mebane. It was Orange’s first win over the Eagles in Mebane in over 20 years. Xandrell Pennis finished with 10 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half. Freshman center Mason Robinson played almost the entire second half and had key offensive rebounds. Robinson stuck in the final field goal of the first half to keep Orange within two points at the break. He finished with five of the Panthers’ seven bench points. The Panthers will get the rest of the week off with a 4-2 record in the Central Carolina Conference. All four of the victories were on the road. They’re only one game behind Person for second place. The Panthers will resume its season on Tuesday when they face Western Alamance in Hillsborough.

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