Greenville - Tashawn Mabry hit for a game high 37 points as Rocky Mount cruised past NE Guilford 85-64 in the Eastern Regional finals to advance to the state championship for the first time in 28 years.
Rocky Mount led by 8 at the break before taking control in the 3rd period by outscoring the Rams 21-15.
Mabry earned MVP honors finishing the game 11-17 from the floor, 14-15 from the free throw line. He also had 10 rebounds and 5 blocks to go with his 37 points.
Rocky Mount advances to the class 3A championship game March 13th in Chapel Hill at 7:30pm.
The Gryphons haven't been to the state championship in basketball since beating Chapel Hill for the title back in 1982.
Eastern Regional - 3A All-Tournament Team:
MVP - Tashawn Mabry - Rocky Mount
Detrail Jenkins - Rocky Mount
Anthony Hilliard - South Central
Bryce Benjamin - Northeast Guilford
Michael Griffith - Northeast Guilford
Johnathan Frye - North Guilford