Norlina tops Eagles
LASKER – After trailing for most of Monday night’s game against Norlina Christian School, the Eagles of Northeast came just points from pulling off the upset before falling 73-67.
The Eagles trailed 59-53 coming into the fourth quarter.
Ryan Davis sank two foul shots to cut the lead to four, but Norlina answered with a basket from Travis Crews and two Chris Redman foul shots.
Northeast’s Drew Pinnix sank Davis’ pass for three and then took a steal to the hoop to pull the Eagles within three, 63-60.
The teams traded baskets with Norlina clinging to a three-point advantage.
Following a Crews jumper, Eagles junior Josh Jenkins scored from downtown to get Northeast within two at 69-67.
A Redman bucket the two fouls shots from Marcus Wilson down the stretch sealed the victory for the Crusaders.
&uot;We had our chances to win,&uot; said Eagles head coach John Brown.
The game stayed close for most of the first quarter as the Eagles answered each Crusaders basket.
With Northeast leading 11-10 with under three minutes remaining Norlina went on a 10-point scoring run.
A field goal from Pinnix ended the Crusaders run, but Wilson added a basket just before the buzzer to give Norlina a 33-13 advantage.
&uot;In the first we missed a lot of open shots we needed to make.
We fell behind and had to play catch-up,&uot; said Brown.
The Eagles trailed by as many as 14 in the second despite having a number of looks at the basket.
A basket and trey from Pinnix and bucket from Jenkins pulled Northeast within seven points midway through the quarter but the defense struggled to keep Norlina from the basket.
late three from Redman extended the Crusaders lead to 13, 43-30, at the half.
&uot;We didn’t get back on defense and gave up some easy shots in the first half,&uot; noted Brown.
Eight different players scored in the third quarter as Northeast outscored the Crusaders 23-16 to pull within single digits.
Pinnix led the Eagles with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Futrell, a sophomore, followed with 11 points and seven boards.
Jenkins and Davis each had two steals in the loss.
Norlina (73): Travis Crews – 36, Chris Redman – 13, Matt Manson – 11, Marcus Wilson – 11, M. Nichols – 2
Northeast (67): Drew Pinnix – 18,
Brandon Futrell – 11, B Harrell – 8, R. Davis – 7, J. Jenkins – 7, H. Deloatch – 6, J. Parker – 5, J. Pope – 3, J. Baugham – 2