It was a nice win for the Orange men’s basketball seniors in the Panthers’ 72-44 win over Cedar Ridge on Friday night in Hillsborough. All five of the Panthers’ senior started for head coach Derryl Britt. Darius Corbett scored eight points as the Panthers guaranteed themselves its first winning season in six years. Meanwhile, Caleb Barretto scored ten points, a season-best. Orange is now 14-6, it’s best mark since the 2016-17 season. It was a gratifying win for Corbett, who has been a member of the varsity basketball team since his freshman year. He lost his first four games to Cedar Ridge. Now, he has beaten the Red Wolves four straight times. Barretto is a transfer from Wake Forest who actually played against Orange last January. Corbett had seven points, five rebounds and q block. He is also an All-Central Carolina Conference selection in soccer. Orange is 6-2 in the Central Carolina Conference. Next up, Orange will have a critical matchup against Person on Tuesday night in Hillsborough to conclude a four-game homestead. The Panthers and the Rockets are tied for second place in the CCC. The winner will have an inside track on hosting a game in the opening round of the 3A State Playoffs.

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