Lumberton blows out Salem to win district championship

By ANDREW ABADIE,

LUMBERTON – The Lumberton boys took care of business on Friday night and defeated Salem to secure not only a district championship but a No. 1 seed in the 1A playoffs. 

 

“It feels great we worked hard,” Lumberton head coach Jonathan Edwards said. “We earned it and I’m proud of the guys from the way they came through.”

 

Lumberton got off to a slow offensive start against the Wildcats. The Panthers managed to go on a 9-0 run before halftime to take a 25-14 lead. According to Lumberton head coach Jonathan Edwards, he believed his team struggled to find early momentum due to watching the Lady Panthers lose to Sacred Heart. 

 

“I don’t think [the slow start] was anything Salem was doing,” Edwards said. “I think it was just a hangover from watching the girls’ game. They were just kind of nervous and scared that the same thing was going to happen to them. They just came out timid. After a while, they picked it up and took the lead.”

 

Out of halftime, Lumberton broke away and built a 17-point lead at 38-21. The Panthers took forced turnovers and scored quick points with the fast break. In the third quarter, Lumberton outscored Salem 30-17. 

 

“The goal [out of the half] was just to come out and continue to play hard,” Edwards said. “Play as hard as we can, execute, don’t turn the ball over, rebound and execute offensively and defensively. We have some [good] players, but we just have to be smart. If we are smart and take care of the basketball, everything else will take care of itself.” 

 

Lumberton extended its lead to as much as 24 points. The win itself secures a No. 1 seed for the Panthers in the 1A playoffs. 

 

The Panthers had three different players reach double-digits. Tyler Bush scored a team-leading 22 points, Trevon Jessie scored 14 points and Robert Henry totaled 11 points in the win. 

 

Lumberton will host Brooks on Tuesday with tipoff set for 6 p.m. 

 

“I was proud of the overall team effort,” Edwards said. “That carried us. I’m proud of the guys, and I just want them to do well so bad.”

 

Lumberton 61, Salem 39

At Lumberton 

 

Lumberton – Tyler Bush 7 5-12 22, Tavis Toney 0 4-6 4, Trevon Jessie 5 3-4 14, K’Nylan Willis 2 0-0 4, Roland O’Banner 0 0-6 0, Hayden Campbell 3 0-2 6, Robert Henry 4 2-7 11. Field Goals: 21, Free Throws: 14-37, Total Points: 61. 

 

Salem – Allax Moss 4 1-2 10, Jaden Cowart 1 3-4 5, Levi Tynes 1 0-0 2, Tyler Philips 5 0-0 12, Javion Bridges 2 0-0 4, Tykevius Harris 0 0-1 0, Darren Carr 1 0-0 2, David Colding 1 0-4 2. Field Goals: 15, Free Throws: 4-11, Total Points 39. 

 

LB        12        13        30        4          -           61

Salem              8          6          17        6          -           39

 

3-Pointers – LB 5 (Bush 3, Jessie, Henry), Salem 2 (Moss Philips). Total Fouls: LB 13, Salem 26. Fouled Out: Bridges, Harris. 

 

 

LUMBERTON – The Lumberton boys took care of business on Friday night and defeated Salem to secure not only a district championship but a No. 1 seed in the 1A playoffs.

“It feels great we worked hard,” Lumberton head coach Jonathan Edwards said. “We earned it and I’m proud of the guys from the way they came through.”

Lumberton got off to a slow offensive start against the Wildcats. The Panthers managed to go on a 9-0 run before halftime to take a 25-14 lead. According to Lumberton head coach Jonathan Edwards, he believed his team struggled to find early momentum due to watching the Lady Panthers lose to Sacred Heart.

“I don’t think [the slow start] was anything Salem was doing,” Edwards said. “I think it was just a hangover from watching the girls’ game. They were just kind of nervous and scared that the same thing was going to happen to them. They just came out timid. After a while, they picked it up and took the lead.”

Out of halftime, Lumberton broke away and built a 17-point lead at 38-21. The Panthers took forced turnovers and scored quick points with the fast break. In the third quarter, Lumberton outscored Salem 30-17.

“The goal [out of the half] was just to come out and continue to play hard,” Edwards said. “Play as hard as we can, execute, don’t turn the ball over, rebound and execute offensively and defensively. We have some [good] players, but we just have to be smart. If we are smart and take care of the basketball, everything else will take care of itself.”

Lumberton extended its lead to as much as 24 points. 

The Panthers had three different players reach double-digits. Tyler Bush scored a team-leading 22 points, Trevon Jessie scored 14 points and Robert Henry totaled 11 points in the win.

Lumberton will host Brooks on Tuesday with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

“I was proud of the overall team effort,” Edwards said. “That carried us. I’m proud of the guys, and I just want them to do well so bad.”

 

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Lumberton 61, Salem 39

At Lumberton

Lumberton – Tyler Bush 7 5-12 22, Tavis Toney 0 4-6 4, Trevon Jessie 5 3-4 14, K’Nylan Willis 2 0-0 4, Roland O’Banner 0 0-6 0, Hayden Campbell 3 0-2 6, Robert Henry 4 2-7 11. Field Goals: 21, Free Throws: 14-37, Total Points: 61.

Salem – Allax Moss 4 1-2 10, Jaden Cowart 1 3-4 5, Levi Tynes 1 0-0 2, Tyler Philips 5 0-0 12, Javion Bridges 2 0-0 4, Tykevius Harris 0 0-1 0, Darren Carr 1 0-0 2, David Colding 1 0-4 2. Field Goals: 15, Free Throws: 4-11, Total Points 39.

LB  12  13 30 4 - 61

Salem  8 6 17 6 - 39

3-Pointers – LB 5 (Bush 3, Jessie, Henry), Salem 2 (Moss Philips). Total Fouls: LB 13, Salem 26. Fouled Out: Bridges, Harris.