Surviving the rush
Red Springs defense stops Lumberton’s comeback attempt
Scott Schlaufman Sports Editor
LUMBERTON — Nothing hurts quite like a loss to a conference rival, but after falling to Fairmont the night before, the Red Springs basketball team didn’t let it linger into Wednesday’s 58-54 win at Lumberton.
The Red Devils just put on the defensive pressure.
“After (Tuesday) night’s loss to Fairmont, I was worried about how we were going to respond to the game today,” Red Springs coach Glenn Patterson. “We’ve still got some pieces to work on but I thought the guys fought until the end and came away with the win. We’ve just got to put together 32 minutes together. That’s what we haven’t done.”
Each of the game’s two halves played out in a similar fashion. Red Springs would start the half with a press that limited Lumberton’s offense, but as fouls mounted, the Red Devils (8-5) would tone it down. When they did, Lumberton (7-6) would make a run late in the half to narrow the deficit.
“They’re going to battle, they’re going to play hard,” Lumberton coach Mackie Register said. “We haven’t played since the Shootout, so we were obviously a little rusty. Red Springs is a very athletic team and they’re going to do well if they press that way.”
Red Springs led by double digits twice in the game, first going up by 13 in the with five minutes left in the first half. Once Lumberton took a 32-30 lead midway through the third, Red Springs’ defense got back into gear and used fast break points from Jamison Baker to go on a 14-1 run.
Lumberton narrowed the first deficit to one point by halftime and Lumberton guard Travis Suggs nearly led a comeback from the second.
Lumberton closed out the third quarter with a 3-pointer by Justice Sampson and a buzzer-beating layup by Demetri Sheridan.
In the fourth, Suggs took advantage of the foul trouble and used quick cuts inside to find open layups. He scored 10 of Lumberton’s final 14 points. His final layup, with 1:18 left, narrowed the lead to 56-54.
“We tried to back away and not be as aggressive on the defensive end and they took advantage of it,” Patterson said. “Suggs, hats off to that kid, he kept fighting and fighting and getting to the basket. I told them we couldn’t foul him, so he took advantage of that opportunity.”
Lumberton got the ball back with a chance to tie, but guard Jamal Cromartie had a turnover that led to Baker’s final layup of the game.
When Red Springs’ defense was working, the Red Devils forced Lumberton into awkward spots. During the first half, Lumberton’s guards had numerous errant passes and had one play where they were forced into the backcourt.
The Red Devils used 3-point shooting to help get ahead early, draining five shots as a team in the first half. Baker led his team with 18 point, including two 3-pointers and Jared Foster had 14.
Suggs’ 16 led Lumberton. Sampson finished with 11, including three 3-pointers, and Demetri Sheridan had nine in the Pirates’ final game before conference play begins Friday.
It was the second time this season that Red Springs has beat Lumberton.
LHS girls rout Red Devils
The first two time the Lumberton and Red Springs girls basketball teams played this season, the scores were close. Lumberton won both, first by nine points, then by 10 in the Robeson County Shootout.
But in their final meeting of the season Wednesday, the Pirates (9-4) left no question as they dominated defensively and scored in transition in a 49-27 rout.
“I thought our fastbreak was just a lot better and I thought our defensive pressure was better,” Lumberton coach Danny Graham said. “It was good defense that set up the fast break.”
The Pirates allowed only nine points in the first half and didn’t allow the Red Devils (5-8) to score more than nine in any quarter.
Offensively, Mariah Locklear helped kickstart the offense, scoring seven points in the first quarter, before Randi Bullard took the helm with eight points in the second. Lumberton led 28-9 at half.
Asaya Graham led Lumberton in scoring with 14 points, including two 3-pointers, and Locklear had 12. Shantanna Norris led Red Springs with nine and Robyn McPhaul had seven.
The game was a break from conference play for Red Springs, which beat Fairmont on Tuesday. Lumberton was playing its first game since the Robeson County Shootout and served as the Pirates’ last game before conference play begins on Friday.
South Robeson slammed by Dillon
The South Robeson basketball teams suffered big losses in a non-conference sweep at Dillon (S.C.) Tuesday.
The girls lost 69-20 and were limited to two points in the first quarter. A’Terria Quick had 11 points and Savannah Hunt had 6.
The Mustang boys lost 93-43. Reggie Scippio led South Robeson with 13 and Devonte Banks had 10.
Red Springs 58, Lumberton 54
Red Springs 15 12 18 13 — 58
Lumberton 7 19 14 14 — 54
RED SPRINGS — Jamison Baker 18, Jared Foster 14, McGeachy 9, Chavis 6, Atkinson 3, McLaurin 3, Blue 2.
LUMBERTON — Travis Suggs 16, Justice Sampson 11, Sheridan 9, Johnson 3, Grissett 2, Gaddy 2, Everette 2, Floyd 2.
3-Point Goals — RS: Baker 2, McGeachy, Atkinson; L: Sampson 3.
Records — Red Springs 8-5, 3-1; Lumberton 7-6.
Lumberton 49, Red Springs 27
Red Springs 4 5 8 9 — 27
Lumberton 14 14 12 9 — 49
RED SPRINGS — Norris 9, McPhaul 7, Snow 4, Mack 4, Pecina 2.
LUMBERTON — Asaya Graham 14, Mariah Locklear 12, Bullard 9, McBride 6, Leach 3, Singletary 2, Faulkner 2, Grant 1.
3-Point Goals — L: Locklear 3, Graham 2.
Records — Red Springs 5-8, 3-1; Lumberton 9-4.
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