Patriots top Southern Lee for 3rd time
Pinecrest 53, Southern Lee 46
The Patriots (9-2) beat the Cavaliers (3-7) for the third time in three games this season in a semifinal of Pinecrest’s Holiday in the Pines tournament Friday night.
Pinecrest jumped out to a 17-4 lead after a quarter before the Cavs fought back to within a point, a 33-32 Patriot lead, with a quarter to play.
Adam Cummings led the Patriots with 23 points.
Freshman guard Noah Mellette led the Cavs with 16 points. Kevin McLeod added seven points. Juwon Jackson and Charles Wicker had six points each.
Southern Lee played Nansemond River (8-2) of Suffolk, Va. in the third-place game of the tournament last night. Pinecrest played in the championship game against Mount Zion Christian Academy. Mt. Zion beat Nansemond River 47-37 in Friday’s other semifinal.
The Cavaliers will return to Cape Fear Valley play Friday night at Union Pines.
Chatham Central 69, Faith Christian 50
Chatham Central pulled away from Faith Christian to win the third-place game of the Montgomery County Challenge Friday night. The Bears (2-7) led 36-33 at the half and rolled to a 21-6 advantage in the third quarter.
Guard LaQuinn Mordecai scored 21 points, including 5-for-6 three-point shooting, and got three steals. He was named to the all-tournament team. Zack Burke had 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Adam Teague scored 12 points for the Bears.
Chatham Central gets back to Yadkin Valley play Friday night with a trip to North Rowan.
Jordan-Matthews 55, Eastern Randolph 47
Behind a second straight big night by Llamar Snipes, the Jets (12-0) got by conference rival Eastern Randolph (7-4) in a semifinal of the Courier-Tribune Christmas Invitational Friday night in Asheboro.
Snipes scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Jets in front. Center Derek Hamilton added 15 points.
The Jets played Wheatmore (11-1) in the tournament championship game last night. Next up for the Jets is a game at Cummings on Thursday night.
Triton 69, East Duplin 32
The Hawks allowed no more than nine East Duplin points in a period and cruised through the first round of the Nathan Gay Holiday Tournament at Union High School Friday night.
Ronald Elliott led the Hawks (9-2) with 27 points.
Triton played in the tourney final last night and will get back to Eastern Carolina play with a home date against Cleveland Friday night.
Union Pines 69, Western Harnett 66
The Vikings (4-9) edged rival Western Harnett (1-13) in a consolation bracket game in the Lee County Basketball Shootout Friday night.
Union Pines moved into the fifth-place game against East Chapel Hill while Western Harnett met Cary in the seventh-place game yesterday.