Behind a game-high 34 points from guard Clay Byrd, East Burke knocked off third-seeded Newton-Conover to advance to Friday’s CVAC championship game.
The Cavaliers (18-8) meet top-seeded West Caldwell (16-6) in the CVAC boys title contest.
The Red Devils (16-10) fell behind 8-0 early, committing seven fouls in the first quarter, including four offensive fouls.
N-C’s Tyoun Shuford, who committed two of those fouls, powered his team back into the contest with a seven-point first quarter. The Red Devils trailed 15-13 after one.
With five points from Kevin Cline in the second quarter and four points from Joshuwell McCombs, Newton-Conover took a 32-28 lead into the halftime break.
Byrd, who scored nine first-half points, started to heat up in the second half.
He netted 16 points in the third quarter, including four three-pointers.
His effort, and that of teammate Trevor Hyatt, helped the Cavaliers regain the lead for good.
Making six of the Cavaliers’ seven three-pointers in the contest, Byrd lifted East Burke to the Catawba Valley 2A final.
Byrd scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half, while Hyatt added 24 points for the Cavaliers.
Shuford led Newton-Conover with 23 points, while Kevin Cline added 13 points.