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Revised on: 12.8.2018 at 01:01 a.m.

Posted on: 12.6.2018 at 12:04 p.m.

When does the exception become the rule? For the second consecutive year, Fairmont’s Boys Basketball TRC home-opener was suspended in the first half. December 5, 2017, a clock malfunction midway the second quarter caused the West Columbus at Fairmont boys game to be suspended. The Vikings, who held the lead when play was halted,  returned later in the season and won the contest in triple overtime. Tuesday night, one day short exactly one year later, condensation from an AC unit leaked through the roof and caused the game with West Bladen to be suspended. West Bladen held a  26-20 lead with approximately five minutes left in the second quarter. West Bladen won the girls contest 42-41.

West Columbus at South Robeson

W.T. Edwards’ West Columbus boys squad led 33-19 at halftime and increased the margin to 56-31 at the end of three quarters. The host South Robeson team put up 22 points in the final period, but it wasn’t nearly enough as West Columbus won 70-53.

West Columbus placed three players in double figures led by Kevon Lewis with 18 points. Lewis also garnered 10 rebounds and six steals. Zach McPherson scored 11 points and Brandis Kelly contributed 10.  Overall, 11 players scored points for the Vikings.

Coach John Browning’s girls team outscored South Robeson 26-19 in the second half. They could never overcome a 14-point halftime deficit. West Columbus used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to close to 35-30, but could not get any closer. Tiyarna Braddy had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Leondra Smith led the Vikings with 13 points. Leading scorer Tah’nijah McKoy did not play.

Matt McPherson’s only basket of the game came at the end of the third overtime, giving West Columbus a 39-38 in the boys jayvee contest. Naqiis Johnson scored 16 points for the Vikings.

South Columbus at Red Springs

A Rajon Graham three-pointer gave South Columbus a 46-45 lead with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter. Coach Bryant Edwards’ squad held the Red Devils scoreless from that point to take a 52-45 win. Trequan Bellamy led South scoring with 15 points. Shiquan Conyers scored nine points, collected seven rebounds, had seven assists and four steals. Cameron Etheridge scored nine points and hauled in 15 rebounds. Riley Hewett connected on three of four three-point field goal attempts.

Red Springs ran out to a 14-4 first quarter lead and held off the Stallions girls for a 38-33 victory. Sarah Faulk led South Columbus with eight points. Ten Stallions entered the scoring column. South was just 3 of 24 on three-point attempts.

St. Pauls at East Columbus

East Columbus controlled the lead and the tempo against the visiting St. Pauls  Bulldogs well into the fourth quarter in its TRC opener. But with less than three minutes left in the game,, the St. Pauls team went on an 11-2 run behind an aggressive fullcourt press and strong shooting to emerge with a 49-41 win.

“We kind of let things get away from us late in the game,” said ECHS coach Marcus Skipper. “It was a physical game, and St. Pauls was able to step things up and make the late run.

“I thought our guys put out a real strong effort for most of three quarters,” Skipper said. “It’s a tough loss for us, but the season has just started. We’ll be okay.”

Coach Corey Thompson’s Bulldog squad got strong all-around play by guards Caleb Henderson an Emonte Smith as each tallied 11 points. All of Smith’s points came in the final quarter.

East Columbus center DeMarcus Brown had a big night under the boards and led the Gators with a team-high 13 points.Tyree Burney and Alterek Simpson each had 10 points for the Gators, whose season record slipped to 2-2.

T.J. Eichelberger scored 28 points, including 14 straight to open the fourth quarter, in leading St. Pauls to a 49-18 girls game victory. Eichelberger connected on six 3-pointers for the night as the Lady Bulldogs put their season record at 1-1. East Columbus was led in the scoring column by sophomore guard Alanna Deal, who finished with 11 points.  The loss dropped the ECHS girls record to 1-2.

Whiteville at East Bladen

The Whiteville Wolfpack battled back from a 20-9 second quarter deficit to tie the score at 31, but the host East Bladen Eagles pulled away again to gain a 54-44 boys basketball victory in the opening night of play in the Three Rivers Conference. The loss put the Wolfpack record at 1-1 while East Bladen climbed to 1-1. WHS center Cameron Richardson tallied a game-high 17 points while guard Ty Moss bucketed 11 points. Coach Kenzil McKoy’s Eagles squad got a 16-point effort of sophomore Javant McDowell.

In the girls game, Coach Patty Evers’ East Bladen Eagles tallied a whopping 51 points in the second half en route to a 76-53 win over the Lady Wolfpack squad.

High scorers for Whiteville were Trinity Smith with 18 points and Marquasia Smith with nine. Patience Ward had a big night for the Lady Eagles, scoring 30 points.

Grace Christian at Columbus Christian

Ellie McPherson scored 33 points to lead the Columbus Christian Academy Pacers girls to a 62-40 win over Grace Christian. The Pacers blew open a one-point game with a 26-5 fourth-quarter advantage. Makayla Baker contributed 11 points for CCA. Bailey Padgett pulled down 12 rebounds.

Grace Christians’ boys overcame a 41-37 deficit at the end of the third period to edge Columbus Christian 57-55.  Josh Fleming scored 17 points for Columbus Christian followed by Charlie Williamson with 15. Connor Reagan matched his 14 points with 14 rebounds.

 

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