Jackets run past Gray's Creek, 69-45
Lee County's trapping defense led to two 8-0 runs in the first half, then a 16-2 blitz opening the second half to give the Yellow Jackets (6-0, 1-0) a 69-45 win over Gray's Creek (2-4, 0-1) in the Jackets' first-ever basketball game as a member of the Cape Fear Valley Conference Tuesday night.
Lee County scored the first eight points of the game and led wire to wire. Hunter Jackson and Dewaun McEachin hit three-pointers in the opening run before the Bears got their first hoop 4:25 into the game.
Jeff Gibson's soaring dunk, as the Bears beat Lee County's trapping and made the Jackets pay for one of the few times in the game, made it 10-8 Lee County.
Namique Farrow made a three-pointer seconds later and McEachin got a pass in the low post, spun, a threw down a dunk to make it 15-10 Jackets. Lee County led 18-13 after a quarter.
Jackson, at 6-foot-2, heads the Jacket trapping and the Jacket defense paid off, turning into easy offense, in a few streaks against the Bears.
After scoring with a long tip-in for the first Jacket points of the second quarter, Jackson stole the ball from a Bear guard at midcourt and went in for a lay-up.
The Jackets quickly forced another turnover leading to Jackson assisting to McEachin for a slam. Tre'von Watson turned another steal into a break, finishing with a spin move for a lay-up and the Jackets led 26-13.
The Bears closed within a 28-21 Lee County lead before the Jackets finished the half regaining the momentum for a 37-24 lead. McEachin led the Jackets with 13 points in the half.
Lee County's rout beginning its Cape Fear Valley era was on beginning the third period. Watson turned Bear turnovers into four points, two at the line and two with a lay-up during the 16-2 run. Farrow and Jerry Pullum added buckets and a free throw by McEachin gave the Jackets a 53-26 lead a little more than four minutes into the half.
McEachin led Lee County with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, building on a similar big game in a Jacket win over Western Harnett last Thursday.
Jackson totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Watson had nine points and five assists. Off the Jacket bench, Keaun Toler had eight points and Farrow added seven.
D.J. Gathers led Gray's Creek with 17 points and Gibson finished with 16.
Lee County will take its unbeaten mark on the road Friday night, playing at Douglas Byrd at 7:30 p.m.