Penalty shootout rally: Lumberton boys bounce back to take 3rd

Marc Moïse | Special at The Robesonian

Lumberton’s JB Brockington (1) heads for the basket against Fairmont’s Elijah Washington (10) in the Robeson County Shootout third place game on Saturday at UNC Pembroke.

PEMBROKE – The Lumberton boys’ basketball team lost their first game of the season in the Robeson County shootout semi-final on Friday against St. Pauls.

On Saturday, the Pirates rebounded quickly.

Lumberton scored the game’s first 11 points and took a 20-point lead in just seven minutes in a 68-30 win over Fairmont in the tournament’s third-place game.

“We had to react that way,” said Lumberton coach Bryant Edwards. “We needed that kind of effort from the start. It was important for a few guys to hit, Cobe (Oxendine) and JB (Brockington). All around, I was happy with the effort.

Fairmont (2-6) was limited to a first quarter field goal, a Derrick Baker layup with 4:53 left in the period; Lumberton (7-1), meanwhile, came out shooting, scoring 24 points in each of the first two quarters to take a 24-2 lead after the first period and a 48-13 lead in intermission.

Junior guard JB Brockington led the charge, scoring the first two baskets of the game; he collected 10 points in each of the first two quarters and totaled 24 for the afternoon. Brockington was named to the tournament’s overall squad.

“He’s a special talent, and not just a special talent, he’s a special kid; 3.5 GPA, good head on the shoulders, great kid, yes sir, no sir, ”said Edwards. “He does what he’s supposed to do and I never have to worry about him so he’s very special.”

Lumberton were leading 64-27 at the end of the third quarter and the Pirates were leading to 40.

Cobe Oxendine scored 14 points and Kenston Skipper had eight for the Pirates. Tyrek Thompson scored eight points to lead Fairmont and Khalil Alford, who was named to the tournament’s all-star team, had five.

Lumberton hosts Whiteville on Wednesday; Fairmont resumes its season after a holiday break when it begins the conference game Jan. 4 at Clinton.

Wild Gators beat Lady Pirates for third place

With a smothering defense fueling their quick offense, the Lake View girls’ basketball team controlled from start to finish to defeat Lumberton in the third place game by a score of 59-31 in the shootout. Robeson County Saturday at UNCP.

Lumberton (3-6) took a 4-2 lead over a Sydney Jacobs basket with 6:45 left in the first period. The Pirates’ next placement only came halfway through the second quarter. Meanwhile, Lake View (5-1) took a 17-7 lead.

The dry spell was underway when Lumberton’s top scorer Carly Hammonds left the game with a head injury and did not return. She was selected to the tournament’s overall squad after scoring 34 points in the tournament’s opening win over Trask.

The Pirates scored 10 points in the first half, but got higher production thanks to their attack in the second half with nine points in the third quarter and 12 points in the fourth quarter. Jacobs scored 16 points to lead Lumberton on the evening and La’Kayia Hunt had eight points, all on the free throw line.

Lake View stepped up the defensive pressure to force turnovers and posted 23 points in the third quarter, led by 10 points behind Jaleya Ford, who had 15 points in the victory.

Tianna Hamilton had 18 points to lead all scorers, including nine points in the third quarter. Janiyah Waters had 11 points.

Gwendasia Page, who was named to the tournament’s overall squad after two good opening games, had 11 rebounds in the victory.

Lumberton will face Whiteville on Wednesday.

The second half brings together Whiteville against Red Springs

The Whiteville boys’ basketball team scored 12 of the game’s first 13 points at half-time to set the tone for the remainder of the second half and claim a 43-38 victory over Red Springs in the Robeson County Shootout fifth place game.

Whiteville eldest Zion Wilson scored the first four points of the race, and the Wolfpack took their first lead of the game with five minutes left in the period. Whiteville never dragged the rest of the contest.

Show Holland scored four points for the Wolfpack in the third and EJ McLeod added three points in the period where the Wolfpack took a seven point lead.

Red Springs (3-6) made a late comeback behind the scores of Mario Leonard and Jaaron Monroe to tie the score at 31 going into the fourth quarter.

Whiteville (5-2) limited Red Springs to three points in the final 4.5 minutes of the game after a bucket from Leonard allowed the Wolfpack to lead 36-35. The foul line also wasn’t kind to the Red Devils, who were 1 for 6 on the charity strip in the fourth.

Across the field, Amari Best had two buckets and three free throws in the final eight minutes of the game. Best led the Wolfpack with 12 points in the win, Wilson added 10 points, and Holland and McLeod each scored seven points.

Kaedon Porter scored 11 points to lead Red Springs and Leonard scored eight points.

Porter was named to the tournament’s overall squad and Kyan Ganus was named to the Whiteville squad.

In the first half, Red Springs led by seven points early in the second quarter before Whiteville recovered to tie the game at 13, 15 and 17.

Whiteville will play South Brunswick on Monday and Red Springs returns to Midway on January 4.

Fairmont girls jump on Devils for fifth place

The Fairmont women’s basketball team scored the first 10 points in the game against Red Springs on Saturday to clinch a 49-22 victory in the girls’ fifth game of Robeson County Shootout.

A balanced effort helped the Golden Tornadoes (6-3) end the shootout with a pair of wins. Haley George with eight points and Amyrikal Vaught, Lakayla Chavis and Myasia Simms with six points each were in the lead.

Fairmont took a 10-0 lead at the start and increased their lead to 14-2 after a quarter. George, Simms and Vaught each scored two points during the quarter.

Red Springs (1-8) got the ball rolling with an Anyla Hunt pull with 1:22 left in the first quarter, the Red Devils’ only placement of the period.

Six Fairmont players scored in the third quarter as the Golden Tornadoes as they extended a 24-13 halftime lead to 36-16.

In that third quarter, Fairmont’s Secret Davis scored three points. She led the team on the rebound to victory with eight boards.

Red Springs led the scorers with five points apiece from Hunt, Jacelyn Maynor and Elora Oxendine.

Oxendine scored all five points in a 5-0 personal run midway through the second quarter when the Red Devils reduced Fairmont’s lead to 23-10.

Chavis scored his six points in the fourth quarter after a quiet offensive start to the game.

Chavis and Red Springs rookie Monica Washington were the team winners of all tournaments. Washington took nine rebounds and scored four points on Saturday.

Red Springs will play South Brunswick on December 28, while Fairmont will play Clinton on January 4.

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