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TOWNSEND MIDDLE SCHOOL GOLDEN EAGLES
LUMBERTON — After a rollercoaster start to the season that put the Lumberton basketball team one game below .500 entering the Robeson County Shootout, coach Mackie Register had his team focus on some fundamentals.
Specifically, the Pirates adjusted their defense and put a high emphasis on forcing turnovers, grabbing rebounds and turning them into points at the other end.
“After that South View game last week, I went back to the drawing board a bit and went back to some of the stuff we’ve been doing in the last few years that got us in the playoffs,” Register said.
It was a focus that paid off during Wednesday’s 80-60 win over St. Pauls (1-5) in the first round of the Robeson County Shootout tournament. The defending tournament champions had 40 rebounds and 24 steals, utilizing them in a fastbreak-based offensive attack at the other end.
It allowed Lumberton (4-4) to jump out to an 18-0 lead in the first five minutes, never letting the Bulldogs closer than 13 points the rest of the way. The Pirates led 39-16 by halftime.
“We told them we wanted to get out to a good start and we pressed a bit today to try and pick up the tempo and the guys executed fairly well,” Register said.
St. Pauls coach Matt Hill was disappointed with his team’s effort.
“We came out flat. I mean, we just looked dead,” he said. “Every other game we’ve played this year, we’ve been outworking everybody else. Today, for the first three quarters, they outworked us. We decided to start playing hard when they put their second string in.”
The Pirates utilized their size advantage. Post player Xavier Grissett had a double-double, scoring 14 points with 12 rebounds. Three other players had at least five rebounds.
Travis Suggs led the Pirates with 15 points and had a team-high five steals. Grissett and Josh Smith had 14 points each and Tre McCall added 10 as 11 different players scored. Dante Burden led St. Pauls with 14 points and Zeke Sansbury had 13. Darian Brooks also had 10.
Lumberton hosts Red Springs in a semifinal game on Friday. St. Pauls will play in a consolation game at Purnell Swett.
Red Devils advance despite Rams’ shooting
RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs boys basketball team saw a comfortable double digit lead melt away in the fourth quarter, but survived a rally by Purnell Swett to advance to the semifinals with a 64-58 win.
The Red Devils went inside most of the night, as the team’s post players combined to score 33 points
“We always want to start inside out,” Red Springs coach Glenn Patterson said. “A couple of times I thought we were too quick to shoot the three, but we kept telling our guards, ‘Feed the post, feed the post.’”
Purnell Swett trailed by 10 points heading to the fourth quarter, but hit seven of their 14 3-pointers on the night in the final period to keep the game close.
Tavion Atkinson led the Red Devils with 16 points and nine rebounds. Dwayne Fairley added another 14 points and James Chavis tacked on a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Purnell Swett got 20 points from Lamel Anderson and 15 from Luke Brooks.
The Red Devils play at Lumberton on Friday as part of a boy/girl semifinal doubleheader between the schools. Purnell Swett plays at home tonight against St. Pauls in the consolation round.
Fairmont rolls past South Robeson
FAIRMONT — The Fairmont basketball team got scoring all around in an 86-46 win against South Robeson.
The Golden Tornadoes (4-2) had 11 of 12 players score multiple points and had four finish in double figures. Fairmont took a 24-12 lead in the first quarter and scored at least 19 points each in the final three.
Julius Caulder led Fairmont with 23 points and went 6-for-7 from beyond the 3-point-line. Elijah Hinson added 12 points, Alshaquan Williams had 11 and Shyheim Hines had 10. Williams added eight rebounds and Isiah Inman had seven steals and seven assists. Corbin Hunt led the Mustangs (3-4) with nine points.
Fairmont plays Richmond at home on Friday in the semifinals and South Robeson will host Dillon tonight in the consolation bracket.
Richmond rallies to beat Dillon
ROWLAND — After a shaky first half, it didn’t look as if Richmond would be playing in the shootout’s championship bracket.
But after the break, Richmond found its way on the offensive and defensive ends of the court rallying for a 74-69 win over Dillon at South Robeson.
“Our defense was great tonight, especially in the second half,” Richmond coach David Laton said. “Our rebounding was great. We had great, great rebounding.”
The Wildcats led 20-11 at the end of the first quarter and extended their advantage to 46-33 at halftime behind Joe Manning and Omar McCollum. The duo scored 20 of their points in the first 16 minutes.
The Raiders had five players in double figures, led by T.J. Watkins with 17. Watkins recorded a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds. Lavell Ellerbe also had a double-double for Richmond (4-2) netting 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Tre Pettigrew had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Dillon (3-3) had three players in double figures, paced by McCollum’s 14 points. Manning and Rakeem Fletcher both added 11.