FAIRMONT – The staff of the Lumberton men’s basketball team are a little different this season than teams that have made back-to-back appearances in the 4A East Regional Finals over the past two seasons.
But this year’s youngest Pirates group could be just as good defensively, if Monday’s game at Fairmont is any indication – Lumberton opened the season with a 62-23 rout from the Golden Tornadoes.
“One of the perks of being out there for a few years is that the principles don’t go away; they stay and you get better, ”said Lumberton coach Bryant Edwards. “When it comes to the defensive side of basketball, our guys know what to expect; we’re going to sit down and we’re going to keep the basketball. This is something we are very proud of. I am excited about their efforts tonight.
The Lumberton (1-0) defense not only held Fairmont (0-1) to a single-digit score in every quarter, but also contributed to many of the Pirates’ offensive baskets, through thefts or quick breaks. after long bounces.
“It makes it easier because they’re a defensive team, (we do) a lot of passing, and we have easy outlets every time,” Lumberton guard Cobe Oxendine said. “That’s probably where most of our points come from.”
Oxendine led the Pirates with 18 points, including three 3 points in the evening.
“He fills big shoes, with Charlie Miller; his role coming this year is certainly much bigger, ”said Edwards. “He’s going to have a lot more shooting attempts. We’re going to pretty much allow him to be able to stretch the ground and extend the defenses for us. “
Lumberton led 12-8 after the first quarter, a period that included a 10-2 Pirates streak. In the second quarter, the Pirates outscored the Golden Tornadoes 18-4 to extend their lead to 30-12 at intermission.
“I saw some good things in the first quarter,” said Fairmont coach Montrell McNair. “After that, their experience and their defense took over.”
Fairmont was held without a field goal from the 5:14 mark of the second quarter, when a Jamari Watson jumper made it 16-10, to the 3:05 mark of the third quarter, when Tyrek Thompson hit a float to make it 43-15. The Pirates extended their lead to 51-18 at the end of the third.
“We scored 12 points in each half; this is not Fairmont basketball. It’s not consistency, ”McNair said. “I take the blame for it because I’m the coach. I have to find a way to make them more consistent from now on. It will be different – I guarantee you they will be held accountable and will play a lot better than they played tonight.
Lumberton limited Fairmont to 14 shot attempts in the second half.
“This is what we do,” Edwards said. “That’s one thing we’ve hit hard on is the offensive shot selection; we’re going to make people take hard hits, and we want to prevent them (from taking hits).
JB Brockington scored 13 points for Lumberton; Angel Bowie had six points with 18 rebounds and five assists and Tre Lewis had seven points and 11 rebounds.
Savonte McKeithan led Fairmont with six points and Cameron Sweat scored five points with four rebounds.
Fairmont welcomes Scotland on Tuesday. Lumberton host Red Springs in their home opener on November 30.
The second half lifts Lady Tornadoes
A pair of three runs late in the third quarter gave the Fairmont women’s basketball team a lead over Lumberton; an 11-minute streak without a field goal helped the Golden Tornados create some separation in a 37-31 season opener.
The Golden Tornadoes’ victory comes on what coach Marcus Thompson called a “roller coaster” last week: four players were involved in a car crash and Paris Bethea, one of the team’s leaders, lost to the season due to a knee injury.
“We had to make adjustments quickly,” said Thompson. “We keep saying that adversity presents a man to himself – and I just asked them to fight. They showed me a lot.
Fairmont (1-0) took a 24-23 lead at the end of the third quarter with 3 points from Haley George and Lakayla Chavis late in the period. While Lumberton (0-1) failed to score a fielding from the 4:26 mark of the third quarter to the 1:14 mark of the fourth, Fairmont extended their lead to eight points twice in the bottom of the fourth. .
Aydan Bullard and Carly Hammonds hit baskets for Lumberton to bring the score to 35-31 with 38 seconds left; two free throws from Fairmont and one turnover from Lumberton ended the Pirates’ chances of a comeback.
“One thing we’ve been trying to work on all season is to get a little harder, prepare for the pushes the other team is going to do and be able to respond,” said the coach of Lumberton Ivy Johnson. “It starts with me and what we do, and we have to build on that and build our strength, build our mental strength, and we just have to want it.
Amyrikal Vaught had eight points and 12 rebounds for Fairmont; Lakayla Chavis had eight points with six rebounds and Niah Smith had seven points.
“Amyrikal played hard on the boards,” said Thompson. “That’s what I love about the kids I’ve always had. You don’t tell anyone that there is a star, but everyone crushes them. It’s not like we have superstars, but they are fighting to win. This is what we did tonight.
Gabby Locklear has nine points to lead Lumberton and Hammonds and Bre’Andrea Glover each have five.
Lumberton scored the last five points of a first quarter back and forth to take a 9-7 lead after the period. Fairmont tied the game at 9-9 with a Destiny Melvin jumper in the opening moments of the second quarter before Lumberton threw a 7-0 streak, including two Locklear baskets, to take a 16-9 lead with 1. : 33 to play. the half.
Fairmont scored four points, including three from Secret Davis on a layup and free throw, to make it 16-13 at halftime.
Lumberton extended their lead to 22-16 with 4:26 left in the third before their drought.