Scorpions come to life
Fri. February 01, 2013 at 10:46 p.m. | By McLeod Brown | StarNews Correspondent
WHITEVILLE | It took longer than they may have liked, but the North Brunswick boys' prolific run-and-shoot offense came to life when it mattered as the Scorpions defeated Whiteville 43-40 on Friday night.
Down by 38-29 shortly into the fourth quarter, North went on a 9-0 run to tie the game with three minutes to go.
After a Shaunk Kirk dunk for Whiteville, Nik Sloan tied it back up at 40 when he pulled up for a jumper from the left wing.
Following misses by both teams, Scorpions point guard Adam Jacobs held the ball for one last possession. Whiteville's Tyshon Smith then fouled Jacobs, who knocked down one of two free throws, making it 41-40 North Brunswick with 16 seconds left.
Sloan then stole the ball and finished with a layup, clinching the Scorpions' sweep of Whiteville.
"We did it with our defense," Scorpions coach Bryan Hayes said. "We were able to attack a little bit more; some shots started falling for us, and we made a big play there, getting the tip and steal to finish the ball game out. Heck of a comeback, I'm proud of my kids' effort, but we have to start bringing that intensity and desire to win at the start of the game, man. We can't just turn this on at the end all the time like this."
The game was also the first meeting between the two teams since a gym-clearing brawl that overshadowed the Scorpions' win over the Wolfpack last month.
Because of that, security at Whiteville was ramped up Friday and the school made an announcement before the game reminding the fans to act appropriately during the contest.
The catalyst for the Scorpions was point guard Adam Jacobs. He finished with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Sloan added 12 points and four steals.
Tyshon Smith and Kirk led the Wolfpack (8-5, 3-4) with 11 points apiece. The team missed a great opportunity to close the gap between them and North Brunswick (12-8, 6-2) in the Waccamaw Conference.
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Jordan Ray and Deidra Jordan led the Wolfpack. Ray led the Wolfpack with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan added14 points and 11 rebounds. Gracan Deal led the Scorpions with 10 points.