McEachin powers Jackets over Jaguars
Overhills had no answer for Lee County center Dewaun McEachin in the finale of the first night of the Yellow Jacket Holiday Basketball Classic Friday night. McEachin poured in 30 points as the Yellow Jackets (10-1) advanced with a 58-39 victory.
Lee County will play Northwood (3-5) in a semifinal at 8 p.m. tonight. The Chargers defeated Union Pines 63-48 earlier Friday evening.
Until late in the third quarter, it looked as though the Yellow Jackets would need more than everything their 6-foot-5 senior was doing. McEachin had 16 points by halftime and Lee County held a 26-19 advantage.
Overhills (7-3) won the first 4:23 of the third period 5-0 to get within a hoop.
The Jackets finally ended the scoreless drought by feeding their big man. McEachin scored in the lane to get the Yellow Jackets going. His three-point play down low made it 33-26 Jackets with 1:35 left in the quarter. Two fast-break buckets, one by Keaun Toler and the next by McEachin, made it 37-26 and that was the score going to the fourth quarter.
Tre'von Watson's three-pointer on the first Jacket possession of the period made it a 10-0 run and the momentum stayed with the hosts the rest of the way.
The Jaguar speed and athleticism negated some of the Jacket advantage in the paint early in the game.
Dexter McCrae scored with a drive through traffic, then a deep three-pointer, leading a 7-2 start for the Jaguars. Lee County came back to take a 10-9 lead and lead 14-11 after a quarter. McEachin scored 12 points in the first period and McCrae scored seven.
McEachin finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Toler added nine points and Watson had eight points.
McCrae led the Jaguars with 15 points, 13 of which were in the first half. Lee County held the Jaguars to 25.5-percent field-goal shooting (12 of 47).
Overhills will play former Cape Fear Valley rival Union Pines at 8 p.m. tonight.
The Classic concludes Monday with eight games at Lee County, including the girls championship game at 6 p.m. in Main Gym followed by the boys title game at 8 p.m.