Bradlee Haskell had back-to-back double-doubles last week to lead Pinecrest to two conference basketball wins.
The Patriots rolled past Scotland County 66-27 in Laurinburg Friday and won a cliffhanger at home Tuesday 52-50 over visiting Lumberton in Sandhills Athletic Conference action.
The win over Lumberton featured two teams ranked in the 4-A top-10 by Maxpreps.com with Lumberton coming in as the eighth ranked and Pinecrest ranked ninth.
And the game lived up to its billing with both teams making runs at each other.
Lumberton started first, charging out to a 19-5 lead after one period, but Pinecrest answered with an 18-8 second-quarter effort to bring in a 27-23 halftime score in favor of the Pirates.
Pinecrest finally surged into the lead at the end of three, 38-37.
The Patriots held off the Pirates in the fourth quarter to claim the two-point win.
Junior point guard Haskell had a monster game, scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, including six off the offensive glass. He added two assists and three steals.
Patriot senior Dillon Drennan added 12 points on four three-pointers while adding five rebounds.
Pinecrest had 23 points off the 18 turnovers it forced.
The Patriots got some good news after Friday’s contest with Scotland. They are now tied for the top of the conference standings. Combined with their win over the Scots and Lumberton’s dismantling of Richmond Senior Friday by a 68-38 score means both Richmond and Pinecrest have 4-1 league marks. Richmond handed the Patriots their only conference loss.
Lumberton is a half-game back at 3-1.
Haskell provided Pinecrest with 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the win over Scotland.
The Patriots jumped out of the gate, surging to a 42-11 halftime lead. In the second and third quarter the Patriots held the Scots to just five points.
Will Bode added 15 points for the Patriots. JJ Goins, who wears No. 5, it was an all-five night as he contributed five points, five rebounds and five assists.
Pinecrest, which is 13-2 overall, faces another conference foe Tuesday when Jack Britt comes to James Moore Gymnasium.