Pinecrest Tops Overhills in Tourney Opener
Pinecrest rode a big second half to a 71-47 victory against Overhills in Tuesday’s final opening round game of the Holiday in the Pines Boys’ Basketball tournament at James Moore Gym.
Traivon Williams and Adam Cummings each scored 14 points in a game the Patriots led most of the way. They will meet Durham Hillside at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in one of the semi-final contests. The Patriots defeated the Hornets 70-67 in Durham two weeks ago.
Hillside advanced with a 61-59 win over Fuquay-Varina. Richmond Senior, a 79-55 winner over West Bladen, and Southern Lee, a 51-43 winner against Fairmont meet in the 6 p.m. semifinal.
West Bladen and Fairmont will meet for the third time of the young season in a 1 p.m. consolation bracket game. The teams split with each other. Fuquay-Varina and Overhills face off at 2:30 p.m. The tournament concludes with four games on Thursday, including the championship contest at 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest (4-7) and Overhills (1-7) both turned the ball over more than 20 times, but Patriot coach Andrew Lacey liked the way his team overcame the ball-handling problems with hustle.
“Even though it was an ugly game, we stayed tough and grinded it out,” he said. “We want to get after people on both sides of the floor. We did a good job of it for the most part and it’s contagious.”
The second of four threes in the game by Adam Cummings gave the Pats a 16-13 edge at the end of one quarter. He added two more in the second period as they took a 31-26 lead into the intermission. They then scored the first six points of the third period before the Jaguars even had a touch on the ball.
With the official counting the seconds on the inbounds to open the half, Daquan McCrimmon alertly passed to Williams for two points before the Jags were in position to defend. That led to a technical foul and Cummings sank both free throws. The ball was inbounded again and Barnes drained a jumper from the side, making it 37-26.
The closest the Jags got after that was seven points at 37-30. Williams, whose playing time was limited earlier by foul trouble, was one of the leaders in a 12-2 burst to start the fourth quarter.
Eleven of the 12 Patriots dressed got into the scoring column. Greg Barnes scored 11 points, and Frankie Painter, who scored eight also assisted on two of the threes by Cummings and one by Sam Brower.
“We had a lot of people that didn’t have their best night, but other people chipped in and helped us out,” Lacey said.
West Bladen (7-3) rode 12 points by Campbell commit D.J. Mason to take an 18-15 lead over undefeated Richmond (7-0) at the end of one quarter in the tournament opener. But playing at break-neck speed the Raiders pulled away behind an 11-point second period by Jordan Richardson to lead 39-29 at the intermission. Richardson and Trey Little each scored 19 for the Raiders. Mason finished with 21.
A fourth quarter rally by Fuquay-Varina (1-9) that was fueled by a pair of threes each by Adam Fecteau and Michael Verian fell just short against Hillside (5-4). Dyron Jones finished with 22 points to lead the Hornets.
Led by Josh Lee with 14 first half points, Southern Lee (7-1) maintained a small working margin over Fairmont (5-4) for most of the third game of the day. Neither squad was able to take advantage of a cold shooting third quarter when the teams combined to score a total off 11 points.
Charlton Townsend helped the Golden Tornadoes stay close with 10 fourth quarter points in the paint. Trailing 41-40 after a three by P.J. Taylor with three minutes remaining in the game, they could not stop a 10—3 run that sealed the win for the Cavaliers with Ace Chalmers and Juwan Jackson doing much of the damage.
Lee finished with 18 points and Chalmers and Jackson contributed 15 and 11 respectively. Townsend led the Tornadoes with 16
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