First Posted: 1/17/2015

McGirt makes cut, doesn’t finish after Sony 3rd round

HONOLULU — Fairmont native William McGirt finished at 2-over-par 72 on Saturday and made the cut but didn’t finish after the third round of the Sony Open. He finished the tournament at 2-under-par 208.

Starting on the back nine, McGirt bogeyed Nos. 13 and 17 before a birdie on No. 18 put him 1-over at the turn. He got back to par with a birdie on No. 2 before being hurt by bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7.

Jimmy Walker lead the tournament after scoring a 10-under 62 on Saturday that put him at 16-under-par 194. Matt Kuchar sits two strokes back at 196 and Brian Harman and Troy Merritt are both at 13-under 196.

Swett narrowly loses to No. 5 Pinecrest

PEMBROKE — The Purnell Swett boys basketball team may be winless against Southeastern Conference opponents this season, but the Rams pushed one of the top teams in the state until the end in a 61-57 loss to No. 5 Pinecrest at home on Saturday.

The Rams (3-10, 0-3) led Pinecrest 29-27 at halftime but fell behind in the third quarter. Despite keeping the game within two points in the closing minutes, Swett could not overcome the Patriots, who have won eight in a row.

Josh Brooks came off the bench with a career-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers. Thristian Lowery also added 15. Brandon Herrell led Pinecrest with 20 and Stephon Stephens had 14.

The Swett girls also lost on Saturday, falling 65-48 to Pinecrest the day after breaking a conference losing streak.

Red Springs basketball sweeps West Columbus

CERRO GORDO — James Chavis helped the Red Springs boys basketball team maintain their second-place spot in the Three Rivers Conference on Friday in a 57-49 win at West Columbus.

Chavis had a team-high 18 points as the Red Devils jumped to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter, maintaining it for the rest of the game. Jaqwan McLaurin added 12 points and Jacob Bullard had 10, including a team-best three 3-pointers.

The Red Springs girls overcame a bad start in a 57-39 win over West Columbus.

The Red Devils (7-8, 3-3) had 25 points in the second quarter and held the Vikings to one point in the third to overcome an early deficit that neared 20 points.

Taya Jones led Red Springs with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. She had five 3-pointers on the night. Sha’nia Leach had 10 points with five rebounds.