Byrd Knocks Off Vikings
Union Pines could never sustain any consistency on the offensive end of the floor Friday, as the Vikes suffered a 63-50 league loss to Douglas Byrd at Bob Ward Gymnasium in Cameron.
An eight-point effort by junior guard Matthew Maness helped keep the Vikes in the game through one quarter as they trailed 13-10 in the 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference opener for both squads.
After committing four turnovers in the opening period, Union Pines turned the ball over eight times in the second quarter as Douglas Byrd raced out to a 33-23 halftime lead behind an eight-point first-half performance from sophomore guard Bobby Bailey.
With senior Parris Manning out for the third straight game, Union Pines had a hard time scoring out of its half-court sets. The Vikings made seven turnovers in the third quarter, while scoring just eight points in falling behind 46-31.
After his strong first quarter, Maness did not find the hoop again until midway through the third period. Over the same span, he committed five turnovers. His final bucket of the game came on his third three-pointer of the tilt to bring his team-high tally to 13 points.
Meanwhile, junior shooting guard Braxton Ross, who was back in action after not seeing any time on the court in the Vikes’ 60-21 win over North Moore Wednesday, scored three of his six baskets on the night via offensive rebounds, with another two coming in a transition on a lay-in and a thunderous dunk.
The visitors took complete control of the contest early in the fourth quarter, racing out to a 57-37 lead by the 4:55 mark. Douglas Byrd went two-for-seven from the charity stripe in the final minutes, missing the front end of three one-and-one chances and both attempts at their first double-bonus chance. That allowed Union Pines (4-2, 0-1 CFVC) to mount a late run, but it was too little, too late.
Although his team could not pull out a win, head coach Nick Boney felt Union Pines did a good job of battling.
“I thought we came out and definitely competed tonight, playing hard until the final buzzer,” he said. “However, our transition defense and turnovers are killing us. We allowed too many easy buckets on fast breaks and had way too many unforced mistakes that led to costly turnovers and points for Byrd.
“We have to protect the basketball and defend well in transition to win games in this league. We were getting beat on the defensive boards, because we were not helping on the backside while on defense. Our guys were just standing around watching while one player for us battled three or more of their guys and you are not going win many balls with those odds.”
Union Pines tallied 21 turnovers in the contest and collected just 11 defensive rebounds.
Bailey finished with a game-high 20 points for Douglas Byrd, which improved to 2-4 overall with the victory. Junior Quincy Adam led the Eagles in rebounds with 14 and had four blocks.
Ross collected a team-high nine rebounds for Union Pines. Joining Maness and Ross in double-figure scoring for Union Pines was junior Dionte Williams, with 10.
Union Pines is back in action Wednesday on the road against league foe Gray’s Creek (4-2, 0-0) at 7:30 p.m.
Douglas Byrd 13 20 13 17 — 63
Union Pines 10 13 8 19 — 50
Douglas Byrd: Bailey 8 3-3 20, Doddles 3 1-3 7, Samuels 3 0-0 6, Davis 3 0-5 6, Carmichael 3 0-0 6, Massenburg 2 0-0 4, Nickerson 2 0-0 4, Clay 2 0-0 4, Jones 0 3-4 3, Lewis 1 0-2 2 Murray 0 1-2 1. Totals 26 8-19 63 6-16 42.
Union Pines: Maness 5 0-0 13, Ross 6 0-0 12, Williams 3 4-4 10, Brower 2 1-2 7, Davis 1 2-2 4, Parker 1 0-0 3, Crawford 0 1-4 1.Totals 12 8-12 40.
Three-point goals: (DB) 1 (Bailey); (UP) 6 (Maness 3, Brower 2, Parker).
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