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The Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team, missing its two graduated superstars from last season, unveiled its new-look 2018-19 edition with ad 95-50 blowout of the Raleigh Hawks in the Greenfield School gym on Thursday.
Five players scored in double figures as the Knights, who reached the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A semifinals last season behind Coby White (University of North Carolina) and Elijah McCadden (Georgia Southern). bolted to a 25-8 lead after one quarter and boosted the margin to 56-26 at intermission.
“We came out and Trey Pittman and Acari Outlaw got us going early,” said veteran Greenfield head coach Rob Salter. “We just pushed tempo and kept pressuring the ball. We moved with a purpose and hit open gaps.”
Pittman, a 6-foot-6 junior returnee, drillled in a game-high 19 points and claimed five rebounds. Outlaw, a 6-4 junior who is also back from last season, tossed in 13 points. Also in double figures were 6-1 junior newcomer Creighton Lebo, the son of former Tar Heels star and former East Carolina University head coach Jeff Lebo, with 16 points. Jordan Lynch, a 6-1 junior, and 6-7 junior Jahmi Foster each netted 10. Ten Knights scored.
Lebo paced Greenfield with 10 rebounds.
“This, put four or five guys in double figures a night, is what we can do,” Salter assured.
Of Lebo’s performance, Salter responded: “He does everything right. He rebounds and talks; what he does has really leaked to the other guys.”
Greenfield anticipates a sterner test when it visits Ravenscroft of Raleigh on Wednesday.
RALEIGH HAWKS (50)
McCelod 9, Hill 4, Morris 4, McGrath 14, Davidson 17, Woodard 2.
Guilford 9, Baker 2, Outlaw 13, Pittman 19, Lebo 16, Bailey 7, Lynch 10, Foster 10, Sessoms 5, Peten 4, Holland.
Score by quarters:
Raleigh Hawks 8 18 13 11 — 50
Greenfield 25 31 20 19 — 95
Cyclones defeated; Atkinson debuts
GOLDSBORO — The varsity head coaching debut of Kenneth Atkinson was spoiled with the Community Christian boys basketball team’s 77-59 loss to Wayne Christian of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference on Thursday.
The Cyclones of the NCISAA 1-A/2-A Coastal Conference were bombed by 13 accurate 3-point shots.
Atkinson cited the failure to defend the 3 as well as turnovers as crippling factors for his Cyclones.
The Wayne Christian duo of Jaden Young and Jamal King combined for 11 3-pointers. Young bombed in a game-high 32 points, while King poured in 27.
Jimmy Forte, a junior transfer from Wilson Christian Academy, paced CCS with 27 points. Josh Williams tossed in 14 points and junior Christian McFarland, another Wilson Christian transfer, netted 10.
The Cyclones tip off their home season Friday night in Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf’s Barney Williamson Gym against Lee Christian of Sanford.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (59)
Forte 27, Jo. Williams 14, McFarland 10, Je. Williams 6, Wynn 2 Manning, Egerton, Piccolo, Moran.
WAYNE CHRISTIAN (77)
King 27, Young 32, Moore 2, Waters 4, Curry 3, Pittan, Brenner 6, Johnson 3.
Score by quarters:
CCS 13 14 13 19 — 59
Wayne Christian 20 20 22 15 — 77
Wilson Prep rolls by Cary Academy
CARY — Five players tossed in nine or more points in triggering the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys basketball team to an 80-62 road victory against Cary Academy on Wednesday night.
The Tigers were spearheaded by Tyronne Whitaker with 24 points. Ja’kwon Moore tossed in 14 points and Righteous Tomlin 12. Contributing nine points each were Denardrick Gray and Sean Sanders. Whitaker drained two of Wilson Prep’s three accurate 3-point shots.
The Tigers bounced to an 18-10 first-quarter lead and expanded the margin to 40-28 at halftime.
Wilson Prep’s balanced rebounding included six each from Denardrick and Tomlin and five from Whitaker. Whitaker managed three steals.
WPA’s Mobley posts quadruple-double
Junior Trinity Mobley posted a rare, rare quadruple-double in igniting the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity girls basketball team to a 54-37 victory against DASH United in its home opener Thursday night.
Lady Tigers statistics credited Mobley with 14 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and 12 steals.
Coming off a tough loss to Cary Academy on Wednesday, Wilson Prep evened its record at 1-1. The Lady Tigers forged a 15-9 lead after one quarter and proceeded to outscore United in every quarter.
Wilson Prep amassed a whopping 58 rebounds as senior Jadore Lucas-Barnes grabbed 14, junior Ynique Dew eight and eighth-grader Destiny Ainstead eight.
For the second straight game, Ainstead emerged Wilson Prep’s leading scorer with 18 points. Lucas-Barnes bucketed 12 and senior Tyana Watkins eight.
The Lady Tigers wound up with 21 steals and 18 assists.
Ainstead scores 25 in Wilson Prep loss
CARY — The Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity girls basketball team fell behind 20-7 at halftime and dropped a 44-38 decision to Cary Academy on Wednesday.
Sparking the Lady Tigers was Destiny Ainstead, who blistered the nets for 25 points. Ainstead connected on 7-of-8 two-point attempts and was accurate on her only 3-point shot. She went 10 for 10 from the foul line.
Wilson Prep connected on 15 of 17 free throws and outscored Cary 31-24 in the second half.
Ainstead also grabbed seven rebounds and led the Lady Tigers with four assists.
Jadore Lucas-Barnes emerged WPA’s top rebounder with eight. Tyana Watkins paced Wilson Prep with four steals and had two assists. Trinity Mobley blocked three shots and came up with three steals.