Northeast claims another win

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 21, 2008

LASKER – Northeast Academy opened up the second quarter with a 16-point scoring run as they rolled to an 84-32 win over Albemarle School.

Sophomore Jud Smith led the Eagles with 21 points and 13 boards while senior Josh Jenkins scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

With the win, Northeast improves to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference and claimed their sixth win in the past seven games.

It was close in a first quarter that saw six lead changes, but Northeast used an eight-point scoring streak, capped by John Pope’s conversion of a three-point play, to take a 21-15 lead.

Perry Dawson’s trey just before the buzzer pulled Albemarle within three, but 16 unanswered points from the Eagles, including six from Smith and four from Jenkins and Jay Baughan, stretched the Northeast lead to 19 (37-18).

A basket by Marvin Ownley with 3:12 remaining ended the Eagles run.

Smith added three foul shots while the Colts got baskets from Beau Thompson and Brock Smithson to stay within 16 (40-24) at the half.

The Eagles scored the first 17 points in the third quarter to build a 23-point advantage (57-24). A bucket by Smithson interrupted the run, but Northeast scored the final 11 points, amassing a 42-point lead (68-26).

Northeast outscored Albemarle 16-6 in the final eight minutes to take the victory, 84-32.

“It was a lot closer in the first quarter than I thought it would be,” admitted Eagles Head Coach John Brown.

“At the beginning of the game they were trying to hard to make things happen. In the second we changed some things and were able to get up and down the floor better to get some easy baskets,” added Brown.

James Pope scored 13 points, 11 of which came in the first quarter, to lead the junior varsity Eagles over Albemarle, 51-24. Clay Robbins added eight points in the victory.

Northeast (84):

Jud Smith n 21, Josh Jenkins n 18, John Pope n 9, Logan Wheeler n 7, Cody Fleetwood – 7, Brandon Futrell n 6, Jeremy Parker n 6, Jay Baughan n 6, Jeff White n 4

Albemarle (32):

Brock Smithson n 12, Beau Thompson n 12, Perry Dawson n 6, Marvin Ownley – 2