Central’s Zeke Shepherd slices his way through the defense of Central’s Jake Matthews (15) and Braden Slatter (11) during District 21-3A basketball action at Shands Gym Friday night. Central picked up a 49-44 victory.

Travis Murray scored 18 points, Jesse Pouland had 12 and the Central Bulldogs pulled away in the final minute for a 49-44 win over the Pineywoods Commnuity Academy Timberwolves in District 21-3A action at AC’s Shands Gym Friday night.

Zeke Shepherd had a game-high 21 points for the Timberwolves, including a tough basket that tied it up with 1:18 left. However, the Bulldogs had the answers down the stretch in the win.

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