NEA plays ‘best game’
LASKER – Northeast Academy took an early lead and never looked back as they defeated Community Christian 56-28 during the Greater Lasker Shootout Thursday night.
Senior Brian McLean put the Eagles on the board after driving the lane for two.
Jordan Davis answered for the Cyclones, but Northeast went on a 9-0 run, taking an 11-2 lead.
A three-pointer by Davis ended the Eagles scoring run, but McLean muscled in for a bucket and Buddy Duke sank a foul shot to give Northeast a 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Duke took a steal to the hoop to start the second quarter.
Davis’s hit a jump shot but was answered by Jeremy Canady for the Eagles.
Two John Pope free throws extended the Eagles lead to 13 (20-7).
The teams traded baskets but with two minutes remaining in the quarter the Eagles went on another scoring run.
Ryan Davis stole the ball and took it to the hoop for two.
McLean hit two buckets and converted three foul shots and Duke added a jumper as the Eagles took a 33-10 lead.
Zac Brake sank a free throw to send the Cyclones into the half trailing 33-11.
Davis sank Duke’s pass for two as the Eagle continued to dominate in the third.
Community Christian was able to answer Northeast’s baskets until four minutes remained on the clock.
Davis’ shot from beyond the arc sparked another Eagles scoring run as Pope, Drew Pinnix, Duke and Josh Jenkins all scored baskets for Northeast.
Caleb Varnell’s bucket with 40 seconds remaining ended the Cyclone’s scoring drought.
Duke converted a foul shot to give the Eagles a 50-19 lead at the end of three quarters.
The Eagles came up with seven steals in the fourth quarter enroute to a 56-28 victory.
McLean led the Eagles with 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Community Christian committed 28 turnovers in the loss.
&uot;All in all it was the best game we’ve played all year,&uot; said Northeast head coach John Brown.
&uot;Our defense played well, we played the transition game well and we were able to get contributions from a lot of different players.&uot;
Northeast (56): Brian McLean – 16, Buddy Duke – 10, R. Davis – 7, J. Pope – 6, J. Jenkins – 6 , D. Pinnix – 5, B. Harrell – 4, J. Canady – 2
Community Christian (28): Jordan Davis – 12, Z. Brake – 5, C. Varnell – 4, E. Holmes – 3, B. Braswell – 2, S. Joyner – 2