TRC basketball semi-finals set

Annela Tiffany shoots for WC. Grant Merritt photo.

Tuesday produced the only upset from a seeding standpoint in the 2018 Three Rivers Basketball Tournament. #6 West Columbus downed #3 Whiteville 39-34. The Viking win wasn’t a shock as the teams had split in the regular season. February 2, on the same court, Whiteville staged a comeback from 16 points down to top West Columbus 64-54 in overtime. West Columbus’ Annela Tiffany’s 22 points and 17 rebounds kept her senior season alive for at least one more game. All signs point to West Columbus needing to win the TRC tourney to secure a playoff berth.

Red Springs Girls doubled up West Bladen 60-30. Taylnn Atkinson scored 21 points and Taya Jones 18 to lead the Red Devils.

The West Columbus Boys used a 26-point fourth quarter to pull away from a stubborn South Robeson squad, winning 71-61. Jake Brownlee led the Vikings with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Dejour Smith and Kevon Lewis addd a dozen points apiece. The Vikings connected on 17 of 22 free throws in the game.

Red Springs Boys placed three players in double figures to edge South Columbus 53-48.

The West Columbus and Red Springs will face each other in boys and girls tournament semifinal action Thursday at East Bladen. The two schools met on back-to-back nights last week. The Red Devil Girls and Vikings Boys each won twice in those matches. Red Springs victories were by double digits. West Columbus wins came down to the wire.

Three Rivers tourney results/schedule

February 10 (Saturday)

Conference tourney opening round

Girls, #10 South Robeson 61@ #7 Fairmont 41

Girls, #9 South Columbus 38 @ #8 West Bladen 40

Boys, #10 East Bladen 44 @ #7 South Robeson 60

Boys, #9 West Bladen 68 @ #8 East Columbus 69

February 12 (Monday)

Girls, #10 South Robeson 50 @ #1 East Bladen 74

Girls, #5 St. Pauls 41 @ #4 East Columbus 48

Boys, #8 East Columbus 33 @ #1 Fairmont 79

Boys, #5 Whiteville 48 @ #4 St. Pauls 60

February 13 (Tuesday)

Girls, #8 West Bladen 30 @ #2 Red Springs 60

Girls, #6 West Columbus 39 @ #3 Whiteville 34

Boys, #7 South Robeson 61 @ #2 West Columbus 71

Boys, #6 South Columbus 48 @ #3 Red Springs 53

February 14 (Wednesday)

Girls, #4 East Columbus vs. #1 East Bladen at East Bladen, 6 pm

Boys, #4 St. Pauls vs. #1 Fairmont at East Bladen, 7:30 pm

February 15 (Thursday)

Girls, #6 West Columbus vs. #2 Red Springs at East Bladen, 6 pm

Boys, #3 Red Springs vs. #2 West Columbus at East Bladen, 7:30 pm

February 16 (Friday)

Girls Championship at East Bladen, 6 pm

Boys Championship at East Bladen, 7:30 pm