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Bey scored 31 points in his return to the court after missing the previous four games with an injury.
Bey scored 31 points in his return to the court after missing the previous four games with an injury. (Rivals.com)

In front of NC State coaches, senior forward Saddiq Bey made his return to the court after missing four games with an injury and put together a strong effort during a 53-52 loss at Oakton (Va.) Flint Hill High on Feb. 1. Bey scored 31 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, including 2 of 3 threes, and 9 of 11 from the line. Bey added 11 rebounds in the loss.

Bey followed that game up by scoring 24 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing four assists in a 58-48 loss to visiting McLean (Va.) Potomac School on Tuesday night. Bey made 5 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 6 three-pointers, and 12 of 13 free throws in the defeat.

For the season, Bey has played 14 games and is averaging 19.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He has made 96 of 217 shots from the field (44.2 percent), 14 of 40 threes (35.0 percent) and 66 of 94 free throws (70.2 percent). In his last seven games, Bey has made 11 of 23 three-pointers.

Sidwell Friends is 8-10.

Forward Jericole Hellems missed St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade’s 79-71 loss on Saturday to Chicago Curie High because he was ejected from the previous contest, a 74-63 win over St. Louis University High the previous day. In that game, Hellems scored 25 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including 4 of 5 threes, and 9 of 10 at the line. He added five rebounds, four assists and three steals in that victory.

On Jan. 27, Hellems posted 28 points after making 9 of 22 shots, including 4 of 8 threes, and 6 of 8 free throws to go with 10 rebounds in a 97-74 win over Chicago Whitney Young.

For the season, Chaminade is is 16-3 and the top-ranked team in Missouri on MaxPreps.com’s state rankings. In 18 games, Hellems is averaging 23.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. Hellems has made 148 of 278 shots (53.2 percent), 32 of 77 threes (41.6 percent) and 93 of 123 free throws (75.6 percent).

Northwest Florida State College is 25-0, and redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk scored in double figures in three straight games to help continue the unbeaten streak.

Funderburk had 13 points and seven boards in a 79-71 win at Tallahassee Community College on Saturday. He contributed 12 points and six rebounds in a 85-79 home win versus Chipola College on Jan. 31. He had 11 points and four rebounds in a 79-46 rout of visiting Pensacola State College on Jan. 27.

For the season, Funderburk is averaging 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent from the field (100 of 189). He has made 15 of 52 threes (28.8 percent) and 75 of 102 free throws (73.5 percent).

After initially being expected to be out for the season following shoulder surgery, post player Manny Bates had 13 points in his first game of the year — and his fellow big man and NCSU signee Ian Steere added 19 points — to help Fayetteville Northwood Temple win 88-84 over Fayetteville Christian in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Feb. 5.

Northwood Temple is 14-17 after starting the season 2-11.

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