Cavaliers outrun Union Pines, 72-65
Southern Lee won the fourth quarter, and the Cavaliers had to, and defeated Union Pines 72-65 in a frantic conference basketball contest Friday night as both the Cavs (9-4, 3-0) and Vikings (5-8, 0-4) got back into Cape Fear Valley action after a holiday break.
Spurred on by lots of home-court energy, the Vikings had their runs in the game, including a 10-2 start to the game and a 22-12 advantage in the third quarter giving the Vikes a 56-54 edge with eight minutes left.
Mostly with Noah Mellette from the perimeter and Larry McLeod in the paint at both ends of the court, Southern Lee pulled ahead early in the fourth quarter and remained unbeaten in the CFVC. Mellette scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and Larry McLeod totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Union Pines looked as though it could get its first league win for parts of the night. The up-and-down tempo got the Vikings out to a great start. Inside, Darrin Carlyle and Luke Davis scored buckets and Robert Collins got a steal and a lay-up making it 10-2 Vikings 2:46 into the game.
The Cavs picked up their pace. Jamal James hit a three-pointer, followed quickly by a Viking turnover versus Cavalier pressing and Charles Wicker’s lay-up for a 12-12 score with three minutes left in the quarter.
Union Pines led 20-19 after a period. Davis had eight points in the quarter. Kevin McLeod, with a mix of crashing the boards and fine post moves, had nine points for the Cavaliers.
The Vikings led 28-27 before a 13-0 Cavalier run in the latter stages of the half. Kevin McLeod knocked down a turnaround jumper in the lane putting the Cavs up a point. Seconds later, he stole the ball and went three-quarters of the court for a lay-up.
The Cavs kept playing defense and racing with the ball. Cameron Locust drained a three-pointer. Kevin McLeod, Mellette and Wicker scored hoops to keep the run going for a 40-28 Southern Lee lead. The Cavs led 42-34 at halftime.
It took the Vikings less than a minute to get right back in the game after halftime. Collins and Tyler Packer finished Cavalier turnovers with fast-break lay-ups bringing the Vikings within 43-40 0:55 into the new half.
Packer hit a three-pointer giving the Vikings a 47-45 lead with 4:40 remaining in the third period.
Mellette made a three-pointer, for a 53-51 Southern Lee lead, but was whistled for a technical foul for a push on a Viking defender a couple seconds after the shot.
The Vikings got a free throw, then Carlyle scored from the low block returning the lead to the Vikings. Union Pines led 56-54 going to the fourth period.
Larry McLeod turned in plenty of his boards and blocks in the first three periods, but his efforts turned into key points for the Cavs in the last quarter. He scored six of the first eight Cav points, with two hoops off offensive boards. Southern Lee led 62-58 as the clock ticked toward four minutes left.
The Vikings had the ball with shots to tie before a long Cavalier possession wound up with Wicker driving in from the right wing and making an acrobatic left-handed shot in the middle of the lane for a 67-62 Cavalier lead.
Mellette made two at the line for a 69-62 Cavalier lead with 0:45 left and a three-point play by Larry McLeod put the Cavs ahead 72-63 with 0:25 left.
Davis finished with 17 points and eight rebounds and Carlyle had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Packer had 11 points and seven assists.
Kevin McLeod had 15 points in the first half and finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Wicker had 11 points and four steals. Southern Lee won the turnover category 19-13.