East edges Louisburg
CREEKSVILLE – Northampton-East ran the floor in the second half as they held off Louisburg for a 57-48 victory.
East took an early 7-4 lead, but Rasool Kearny scored consecutive baskets to pull Lousiburg ahead by one (8-7).
The Rams then went on a 13-point scoring run that started in the first and went into the second quarter as they took a 20-8 lead.
Two treys from Randy Lassiter cut the Rams lead to six (20-14).
A James Jefferson free throw and bucket sandwiched a Kearny basket.
Louisburg scored eight unanswered points, including two Lee Person foul shots with no time on the clock, to take a 24-23 lead at the half.
The Rams struggled to protect the ball in the second, turning it over seven times.
East started the second half with a 10-point scoring run. Josh Reddish stole the ball in the backcourt, faked the pass and took it to the hoop for two Rams points.
Lamar Philips took another steal coast-to-coast for two.
James Long scored after grabbing an offensive rebound but it was Reddish’s dunk that brought the sparse crowd to life.
Derryel Anderson’s basket gave East a 31-24 advantage.
Dominique Perry sank two free throws and Lassiter hit a bucket to pull Louisburg within five (33-28).
Phillips threaded the defense for two.
With an eight-point lead East coach Donald Gibbs pulled all but one starter with 1:03 left in the quarter.
Person sank the first of two Louisburg foul shots but was answered by an Anderson basket.
Lassiter hit a three at the buzzer to pull Louisburg within five (37-32).
Two Person foul shots pulled the Warriors within three (41-38) with 4:04 on the clock.
Jefferson scored three baskets and Phillips converted a three-point play to extend the Rams lead to 12 (50-38).
Louisburg couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell, 57-48.
Jefferson led the Rams with 16 points and 23 boards.
Phillips added 15 points in the victory.
James Jefferson n 16, Lamar Phillips n 15, J. Reddish n 9, D. Anderson n 9, J. Long n 6, Q. Shoulars n 2
Randy Lassiter n 21, R. Kearny n 12, L. Person n 7, D. Perry n 3, H. Perry n 3, H. Strickland – 2