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Pine Lake Prep’s Meelad Doroodchi fills a pivotal role in the Pride’s current rise to the head of the class in the PAC-7 Conference ranks.

Things continue to look up for Pine Lake Prep’s boys basketball team.

So, too, does every other member of the Pride’s PAC-7 Conference ranks.

Pine Lake protected its precarious cushion outright atop the most-recently updated PAC-7 standings following a thorough, 87-49 thumping over fellow league entry Carolina International School.

With the outcome coming in a contest in which as many as 12 Pride players pitched in with points of some sort, PLP improved its lot to the unblemished 6-0 mark in PAC-7 play that earns it at least a half-game edge over the next-best fellow circuit foe heading back into action this week. For the season overall, Pine Lake remained unbeaten for the duration of the 2020 segment of the season’s split-year schedule to take an 11-5 effort back out on the court.

Pine Lake extended its current season-best winning streak to six straight games that also incidentally serves to cover the duration of its play during ‘20. In addition, the Pride prevailed for the 10th time in their last 11 games overall dating all the way back to the early portions of December.

In fact, the only setback suffered over the latest span took place during the championship finals of the annual Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame Holiday Classic in late December against Statesville that relegated Pine Lake to runner-up status in that seasonal affair. It accounted for the highest finish ever in that traditional holiday event for the program as well.

Since returning to play for the start of the new year, all has continued to head in the right direction for the team.

Traveling to take on Carolina International School to also christen that particular PAC-7 home-and-home season series set, familiar faces once again emerged in all-too-familiar places to spur the winning charge.

Junior post presence Jacob Morgan poured in a game-high 29 points to captain a crew of three teammates managing to topple into the double-digit department.

Senior guard Meelad Doroodchi knocked down another 19 points, while senior perimeter player Dylan Workman added his 10 points to the cause. Another nine players all chimed in with points as well to the attack.

The balanced scoring display served to seal the deal practically from the outset. The Pride darted out to a 52-21 advantage by the arrival of the halftime break alone. Pine Lake then managed to additionally pad its lead during both second half period to also account for its third largest winning margin of the season to date. In other outcomes, the Pride has posted winning spreads by distances of 58 points — which it accomplished against Bradford Prep — and 45 points — which it managed against West Iredell. Both of those decisions were rendered against non-league opponents.

The 38-point distance in the win over CIS, however, is the widest for the Pride to date during the course of a current PAC-7 Conference contest.

Pine Lake headed back into action this week on track to put its narrow in-circuit advantage to the test against Mountain Island Charter which entered this week unbeaten in the conference . MIC also resides mere half-game back in the league standings. Results from that late Tuesday night marquee affair were posted too late to be included in this edition.{/div}

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