Weather threat prompts high school basketball schedule changes
RED SPRINGS — Every day in practice, Red Springs senior forward Mario Leonard attempts running 3-point shots, which Red Devils head coach Glenn Patterson Jr handed over in question.
Saturday in the MLK Classic, that training paid off.
Leonard hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Red Devils a 52-49 win over Southern Lee.
“He’s someone who’s here every day to shoot,” Patterson Jr. said. “The crazy thing is he does little runners like that every day in practice, and I always asks him ‘what are you doing, stop shooting the ball like that.’ And he actually made a running 3-pointer.
Leonard collected the ball in midfield on an inbounds pass with four seconds left, then ran to the right wing and took the game-winning 3-point shot for Red Springs (8-7) .
“I saw that we had to shoot very quickly, and I trusted myself to pull it off,” Leonard said. “I was confident in the shot when I fired it.”
“Mario flashed in the middle, opened up, got the ball back, and I thought he was going to do a dribble handoff, but he ended up shooting, which I don’t mind him doing because we raise reps every day,” Patterson Jr.
After two 3-pointers from Kohnner Oxendine and another from Noah Chavis early in the fourth, Red Springs led 46-39 with 5:18 to go before Southern Lee (1-12) fought back and tied the game at 49- 49 on a lay-up from Joshua Stone with 20 seconds left. Stone was fouled on the shot but missed the free throw, before the Cavaliers missed a throw-in attempt and the Red Devils regained possession of an intermediate ball. Patterson Jr. called timeout with four seconds left, setting up the entry pass to Leonard by Chavis.
Southern Lee led 13-7 after the first quarter. Three 3-pointers in the second quarter and a traditional 3-point play from Chavis sparked a 16-8 run by the Red Devils to take a 23-21 lead with 2:02 remaining in the half. Leonard hit a more conventional 3-pointer, performing a jump from distance, just before the halftime buzzer to give Red Springs a 26-25 lead at the break.
The Cavaliers took a 37-31 lead with 2:52 left in the third after back-to-back layups from Isaiah Bronson. Red Springs responded with a 15-2 run to take a 46-39 lead in the fourth quarter.
“It took a certain type of toughness in the end,” Patterson Jr. “We dug ourselves into a hole, and I told them, you can’t play against a team based on their record. Every year, no matter how talented their team is, they play hard. I told them early, and we came out flat again. We went around, and he ended up almost slipping away from us, but we found a way to pull him out in the end.
Chavis finished with 15 points for the Red Devils, Kaedon Porter scored 12 points, Oxendine had 10 and Leonard added seven.
“Since the start of the season, we have started to play team ball more, with everyone putting their own spin on it,” Leonard said. “Whoever is hot this game, we try to feed him so he can score.”
Bronson led Southern Lee with 16 points and Stone had eight.
Red Springs travels to East Bladen on Thursday.
Tatum and Henderson lift St. Pauls boys above Scotland
Led by solid play from Jeyvian Tatum in the first half and Josh Henderson and Marcus Galbreth in the second half, the St. Pauls boys’ basketball team secured a 77-45 victory over the Scotland during the MLK Classic on Saturday in Red Springs.
Tatum scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half; Galbreath scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and Henderson scored eight of his 15 after halftime.
“It’s very valuable, especially when you have guys who can do it consistently,” St. Pauls coach Corey Thompson said. “The first half Jeyvian played well, and I think he played well in the second half too, but Josh and those guys – that’s the problem, we have to do a good job of sharing the basketball Once we start sharing the basketball, it gives the other guys a chance to show off what they can do too.
St. Pauls (7-5) led 17-12 after the first quarter and held a 25-20 advantage with 4:50 left in the half; an 11-0 run extended the lead to 36-20, with Tatum scoring nine of 11 points in the run; the Bulldogs led 36-22 at halftime.
“(Tatum) is as good as it gets,” Thompson said. “When he scores our team is engaged, and it opens up for everyone else too because the defense tries to take him away. He’s such a selfless player that he can open up the guys. But when he scores the basketball, it gets our defense going and it gets other guys going too.
Scotland (4-8) scored the first two baskets of the third quarter to move closer to a 36-26 deficit; St. Pauls outscored the Scots 19-8 for the remainder of the period, including seven points from Galbreath and five points from Henderson, and the Bulldogs led 55-34 heading into the fourth.
St. Pauls continued their run into fourth, taking a 72-39 lead with 3:53 to go.
“I’m glad we’re playing good basketball; we can still play better basketball, especially on the defensive end,” Thompson said. “But I’m glad the guys are having success and we just hope it keeps moving forward in conference play.”
Lamonte Cousar and Chris Quick each scored seven points to lead Scotland.
St. Pauls hosts Red Springs on Friday.
Red Springs under-equipped girls defeat Southern Lee
Reduced to just four varsity players due to COVID-19 protocols, the Red Springs women’s basketball team earned a 28-22 win over Southern Lee in Saturday’s MLK Classic opener.
“I told the girls, just defense and run the floor; if they play good defense and run on the ground, they have a good chance of winning the game, and we came together as a team and did what we had to do, ”said Linda Crosland, interim head coach of Red Springs in William Judd’s. absence.
Red Springs (6-9) led 21-9 in the final minute of the third quarter before Southern Lee (3-8) used an 11-2 run to make it a 23-20 game with 4:10 to go . But the Red Devils held the Cavaliers without a basket for the rest of the game and got a free throw from LeAngelo Cobb and baskets from Monica Washington and Jazlyn Jones to extend their lead to 28-20 with 2:27 remaining.
“Once I saw them running I told them to stay on a press break and try to get the ball in and push it down the field. And they did,” Crosland said. “It was my first time coaching the college girls, they did a great job and I was proud of them.”
Neither team got on the scoreboard until a Washington field goal midway through the first quarter and Red Springs led 5-0 at the end of the period. Sequoia Lindsey made Southern Lee’s first field goal with 5:55 left in the first half, and quickly made another, but after another Cavaliers drought that lasted the rest of the half, Red Springs led 12-4 at intermission.
Washington led all scorers with eight points.
“I said to Monica, just catch the ball and if you put the ball inside, take it and make sure when you’re playing defense, just keep your hands up and try not to wrongdoing, and she did exactly what I asked,” Crosland said.
Amyah Farrington and Cobb each had six points and Jones had five for Red Springs. Dasha Battle scored seven points to lead Southern Lee and Brenta Latta had five.