Jags Race Past Vikes in Spring Lake
The Union Pines boys’ basketball team was derailed by Overhills to the tune of 92-60 in league action Friday night at Spring Lake.
It was the fourth consecutive loss for the visiting Vikes, who fell to 0-2 in 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference play and 3-5 overall on the season.
Coming off an 88-56 loss to Westover in their CFVC debut, the Jaguars (4-4, 1-1 CFVC) were piping hot from the field in the first period. Overhills had seven players score in the quarter and built some early separation from Union Pines to take a 28-9 lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Jags continued to score at a rapid pace despite facing four different defensive sets by the Vikes. The home team carried a commanding 54-28 advantage with them into the locker room at halftime. Josh Mason, a 6-foot-3 senior swingman, led the way with 19 first-half points for Overhills. Teammate and fellow senior Jared Foster (6-3, guard) had 10 points at intermission, while senior 6-foot-2, 235-pound post player Robert Johnson closed the half with eight points and six boards.
Union Pines committed 13 turnovers in the first half versus six assists as a team. The Vikes allowed 38 points in their half-court defense through the midway point and struggled on the boards, allowing the Jags several second-chance opportunities. Junior 6-5 forward Luke Davis led the Vikings at the break with eight points, followed by 6-4 senior forward Dionte Williams with six.
When the action resumed starting the second half, it was more of the same. The Jaguars opened the third period with a 14-3 run to push their margin to 68-31 at the 5:00 mark. By the end of the quarter eight players had found the bottom of the hoop for Overhills as it carried a hefty 82-42 lead into the fourth and final frame.
The Jags’ advantage peaked at 43 points less than a minute into the fourth quarter. From there Union Pines closed the tilt on an 18-7 run, bringing the contest to its final 92-60 margin.
Mason, one of four Overhills players to hit double digits in scoring, finished the night with a game-high 22 points on top of seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Johnson collected an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double, along with three assists, while Foster finished with 14 points, five assists two steals and two blocks.
Junior wing Jeremiah Jenkins closed the night with 12 points and eight boards for the Jaguars, while Overhills’ senior point guard Greg Boyd played the role of facilitator by registering eight assists, as well as two points and two steals. Overhills also got solid play in the paint from Felipe Richards, its 6-5 center, in the form of eight rebounds, six blocks, three assists and five points
Davis led Union Pines in scoring with 10, followed by eight points each from Williams, Matthew Maness and Malik Crawford. The Vikings took on 4-A Richmond County in a varsity boys-girls nonconference double header Saturday. Union Pines returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against CFVC foe Gray’s Creek (0-5, 0-0) at Bob Ward Gymnasium in Cameron.
In junior varsity hoops action earlier Friday in Spring Lake, the Viking boys got behind the Jaguars early to trail 18-5 and could never catch back up. Down 26-19 at the half and trailing 57-35 through three quarters the Union Pines jayvee squad dropped to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in CFVC play with the 62-51 league-road loss.
Union Pines 9 19 14 18 — 60
Overhills 28 26 28 10 — 92
Union Pines: Davis 5 0-0 10, Crawford 4 0-0 8, M. Maness 3 0-0 8, D. Williams 2 4-6 8, S. McRae 3 1-3 7 M. Quick 1 4-4 5, D. Carlyle 2 0-0 4, J. Poole 0 2-2 2, A. McCoy 1 0-1 2, T. Packer 1 0-0 2. Totals - 23 12-18 60.
Overhills: Mason 7 6-8 22, Johnson 8 2-3 18, Cole 7 0-0 14, Jenkins 5 1-2 12, D. McCrae 4 0-0 9, M. Huggins 2 0-0 6, F. Richards 2 1-2 5, I. Lathan 1 2-2 4, G. Boyd 1 0-0 2. Totals - 37 12-17 92.
Three-point goals: Union Pines 2 (Maness 2); Overhills 6 ( Mason 2, Huggins 2, Jenkins, McCrae).
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