McEachin leads Lee County past Athens Drive
Dewaun McEachin scored 21 points to lead Lee County’s boys basketball team to a 55-38 win at former Tri-Nine mate Athens Drive, Friday night.
McEachin, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, battled foul trouble for much of the night, but he started and finished strong to spark the Yellow Jackets (2-0).
Lee County opened the game on a 13-0 run, and Athens Drive didn’t score until 50 seconds remained in the first quarter. McEachin made the first four shots of the game and scored 10 of the Yellow Jackets’ 13 points in the opening quarter.
McEachin sat out much of the fourth quarter after being whistled for his fourth foul. He reentered the game with just over four minutes remaining and scored four quick points, including a breakaway dunk, as Lee County pulled away late.
Athens Drive (0-1) cut Lee County’s lead to four points early in the second half, but the Yellow Jackets’ defense kept the Jaguars from getting any closer. Lee County used a full court press and trapped Athens Drive on almost every second-half possession, leading to several fast-break layups for the Yellow Jackets.
Athens Drive turned the ball over on its first four possessions of the game, and four of its first five possessions in the second quarter. Lee County forced 34 turnovers in the game, including three in a row in both the third and fourth quarters.
Athens also missed its first six shots to open the fourth quarter, and made just a third of its shots in the game on 14-of-42 shooting.
Tre'von Watson scored 13 for Lee County, including six in the fourth quarter. Hunter Jackson and Namique Farrow added nine points each.
Lawrence Christmas led Athens Drive with 11 points. Josh Underwood entered the game in the fourth quarter and hit all three of his shots for six points.
The Yellow Jackets will play Reidsville at Greensboro's Ben L. Smith High School in the Marvin Webster Classic at 4 p.m. Wednesday.