Warriors slay host Panthers

Published 7:54 pm Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Nansemond River High School boys’ basketball team claimed a 60-50 victory over host McBee High School to win the McBee Holiday Tournament in South Carolina.

Nansemond River produced another big opening quarter like it did in Monday’s win against Central High School of Pageland, S.C., and it did so this time by hitting 9 of 14 shots.

The Warriors jumped out to a 20-11 lead behind seven points from junior Darius Jones and six from senior Matt Allmond.

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NR took a 36-23 halftime with help from Allmond, who was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range at that point.

“He was a ‘target’ in (the) second half as he sat most of it in foul trouble,” Warriors coach Ed Young stated. “Suddenly, he couldn’t play any (defense) without a whistle being blown.”

But juniors Josh Covington and Jones picked up the Warrior offense and showed great poise in a hectic environment.

“We got out of this tournament what we wanted,” Young stated, including the adversity of playing in a most unfriendly environment, the opportunity to try some things they have not done as a team yet and also the acquisition of two wins with good team play to escape the funk of their four-game losing streak. “Now we got to keep it together going forward.”

Allmond finished the game with 22 points.

The Warriors (6-4, 0-2) visit Western Branch High School on Tuesday and face a squad led by former Nansemond River assistant coach Paul Hall Sr., who is now head coach of the Bruins.