Yellow Jackets dunk on guests
Dewaun McEachin threw down seven dunks for Lee County Monday night in a 70-43 rout over visiting Douglas Byrd.
The biggest Yellow Jacket cheer of the night came after all the dunks and after Lee County had held a 30-plus-point lead for most of the second half.
Junior center Frank Wishart, always the last player off the Jacket bench, usually when things are going very well for the Jackets, swished a high-arcing 14-foot jumper from a wing with a little under three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Wishart's jumper created the loudest ovation among the Jacket student section and the home fans in general.
More key to Lee County's season, the victory puts the Jackets (15-3, 5-2) into a three-way tie for second in the Cape Fear Valley Conference. Lee County, Southern Lee and Westover are a 1.5 games behind 6-0 Terry Sanford.
McEachin's slams started right away. He soared to the rim on a 2-on-0 breakaway, then on a 2-on-1 break, McEachin threw down Jerry Pullum's alley-oop pass for a 4-0 Jacket lead.
Lee County created easy scoring chances off Eagle turnovers and by breaking the Eagle attempts at pressing.
Bubba Watson's steal and outlet pass for Trevon Watson's lay-up made it 12-4 Lee County.
Watson, Hunter Jackson, McEachin and Jerry Pullum hit one three-pointer each in the first quarter and Lee County led 22-6. Two more McEachin dunks kept the big run going and the Jackets led 32-6 shortly into the second period.
McEachin had 14 points in the half, with Watson adding eight, Jackson seven and Pullum five as the Jackets led 42-17 at the break.
Early in the third quarter, McEachin got to go high for a couple more breakaway dunks. Tyler Thomas finished a steal with a lay-up, followed seconds later by Jackson doing the same from a steal at midcourt. Jackson's basket made it 14-2 Lee County starting the second half.
Eleven Yellow Jackets made a field goal on the night. Getting Wishart an open shot was the plan on most of the Jacket possessions down the stretch, including a couple three-pointers which were just off the mark after his two-point make.
McEachin finished with a game-high 20 points. Jackson had nine points, six rebounds and five assists. Erick Hodge had eight points and 10 boards.
Thanks winter weather, it's waited until Feburary, but the first county-rivalry of the season is set for Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Lee as the Jackets and Cavaliers will have a lot to play for in the CFVC standings as well.