NEA gets third
LASKER – Northeast Academy met Halifax Academy for the third time this season and for the third time the Eagles handed the Vikings a loss, this time by a margin of 14 (61-47).
Northeast took an early 5-1 lead after a Jeremy Canady bucket and Brian McLean’s three-point play.
Halifax scored three to cut the lead to one but Drew Pinnix scored from downtown to extend the Eagles lead to four (8-4).
Jeremy Wells deuce pulled the Vikings within one, but McLean converted another three point play to give the Eagles a five point lead.
D.C. Morris’s jumper cut the lead to three (11-8) but the Eagles scored four straight baskets over the final three minutes to take a 19-8 lead.
Josh Jenkins banked a shot off the glass for two to start the second quarter as the Eagles continued to run the floor.
The teams traded baskets but Halifax could not get any closer than 12 as the teams headed to the locker room at the half with the Eagles leading 34-18.
The third quarter started with a battle of the three’s as Fobbs sank a Halifax trey.
Junior Ryan Davis hit back-to-back shots beyond the arc as the Eagles extended their lead to 19 (40-21).
Vernon Bradley hit one more Halifax three-pointer as the Vikings scored seven straight the cut the Eagles lead to 12 (40-28).
A Brodie Harrell bucket ended the Vikings scoring run.
After two Fobbs baskets from the charity stripe McLean converted another three-point play and Buddy Duke scored from the floor to give the Eagles a 17-point advantage (47-30).
The Eagles rattled off seven straight points, including Pinnix’s second trey of the night, extending their lead to 24 (54-30).
Halifax tried to mount a comeback but the difference was too great as the Eagles took a 61-47 win.
&uot;It’s tough to play a team three times in a season and we didn’t come out fired up,&uot; said Eagles head coach John Brown.
&uot;The game never had a flow to it.
Every time we turned around the whistle was being blown and because of that neither team was able to get into a rhythm.&uot;
McLean led the Eagles with 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
Halifax had 21 turnovers including two forced by steals from John Pope.
The junior varsity game came down to the wire as Halifax cut the Eagles lead to two (30-28) with 55 seconds on the clock.
Nick Short scored a putback with two seconds remaining to tie the score.
Following a Northeast turnover Gunner Dahlke’s shot was blocked but he drew the foul.
Dahlke converted one of two foul shots as the Vikings pulled out a 31-30 win.
Brandon Futrell led the Eagles with nine followed by Arch Harrell with eight.
Northeast (61): Brian McLean – 19, D. Pinnix – 6, B. Harrell – 6, R. Davis – 6, B. Duke – 6, J. Pope – 5, J. Jenkins – 4, B. Barrett – 4, J. Canady – 2, D. Deloatch – 2, C. Vaughan – 1
Halifax (47): Randy Fobbs – 17, D.C. Morris – 12, I. Ros – 7, J. Wells – 6, V. Bradley – 3, G. Davis – 2