High School Basketball Roundup: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
Mon. February 25, 2013 at 11:46 p.m. | By StarNews Sports Department
South Brunswick 62,
A five-hour drive didn’t dampen South Brunswick’s upset hopes as the Cougars knocked off Currituck in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs on Monday.
Caleb Stanley led the Cougars with 18 points and five three-pointers and South Brunswick overcame 1-for-11 free throw shooting in the first half to win.
“We’re excited to be playing,” South Brunswick coach Scott Wainwright said. “It wasn’t an easy win by any means. We gave up the lead and had to go get it back. There was plenty of time for this group to fold, and to their credit, they didn’t.”
With the win, South Brunswick will hit the road again to top seed Rocky Mount in the second round.
North Brunswick 61, South Lenoir 56
Scorpions coach Bryan Hayes said his team was tested all season. The practice exams paid off for a playoff test Monday night.
A 13-point third-quarter lead evaporated, but North’s guards righted the ship in the fourth quarter of their Class 2A playoffs opener.
“The playoffs are tough and teams are tough and they’re going to make runs,” Hayes said. “Our guards have been exposed to a lot of pressure this season.
“We’ve been in a lot of tight games and won some and lost some, and that prepared them for a night like this.”
Nik Sloan and Brandon Weaver each had 16 points for North (17-8), which plays Burlington Cummings in Wednesday’s second round at home.
Wallace-Rose Hill 80, Princeton 57
Marquel Newkirk had 26 points as the Bulldogs put five players in double figures to win their Class 1A opener. Wallace-Rose Hill (20-7) made 11 3-pointers on the night and steadily built its lead throughout the game.
“I didn’t realize we made 11,” coach Steve Robinson said afterward. “They played a 2-3 zone and kept it packed in. We couldn’t get it inside like we usually do.”
Marcus Scarborough and Justice Obasoahn also had 12 points for the Bulldogs, who were the only team from the Tri-County Conference to advance out of the opening round (1-4). Wallace-Rose Hill plays Pamlico at home Wednesday.
“They’re a lot like we are, like to run and get the ball up the court,” Robinson said.
“(Success in the playoffs is) about making adjustments like we had to do tonight. ... We want to throw some pressure in there, it’s what’s been working for us lately.”
East Columbus 64,
Derik Jones had 17 points to lead the Gators, who broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter.
East Columbus (12-12) also got 15 points Markcus King and 14 from Elliegh Gresham on the way to outscoring the Leopards 18-8 in the fourth quarter. The Gators play at Southwest Onslow on Wednesday; the Stallions defeated another Three Rivers team, Red Springs, by 12 points Monday.
Whiteville 63, Eastern Randolph 57
The Wolfpack (20-7) continued their hot play down the stretch, hanging on for an opening-round victory in the Class 2A playoffs.
They play at state-ranked Fairmont on Wednesday. The Golden Tornadoes dominated East Duplin 69-34 in their opener.
Other Boys Scores
Ayden-Grifton 59, Pender 49
Pamlico 80, Union 56
Clinton 77, South Columbus 65
DH Conley 62, West Brunswick 53
James Kenan rolls
The Tigers easily cruised past Red Springs in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.
“Our leading scorer had 10 points and then we had four others with eight and nine,” coach Wendy Lanier said. “Everyone came out and had a good game, not just one person. Everyone played together and did their job, that was a big boost for us tonight.”
The Tigers play Goldsboro at home Wednesday. The teams didn’t play in the regular season, but are familiar from last summer’s camp season.
“We beat them both times up there (at Mount Olive), but they do the points different. I’m not laying anything into that. We know they’re a physical team.”
Other Girls Scores
South Robeson 52, Trask 46
East Columbus 51, Ayden-Grifton 33
Whiteville 45, Croatan 27
South Lenoir 52, East Bladen 43
Currituck 69, West Brunswick 48
CB Aycock 52, South Brunswick 20