Last updated: January 21. 2014 8:25AM - 704 Views
Savanna Pope, Sports Writer

Tikek James blocks the shot against Pine Forrest. (Savanna Pope, The Sampson Independent)
Tikek James blocks the shot against Pine Forrest. (Savanna Pope, The Sampson Independent)
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Clinton High School participated in the Martin Luther King Winter Jam Tournament at Union High School. They fought long and hard against Pine Forest School. Clinton fell short to the 4A team with a final score of 68-50.

Pine Forrest got ahead in the first quarter with a score of 21-13. The horses stayed in the game but couldn’t get the lead before the half ended with a score of 32-26. In the third quarter Pine Forrest managed to stay ahead with a score of 50-40.

Dark Horse head coach Randy Jordan said “I have to admit I am disappointed. I know we did some different things, like we didn’t start our normal starters but it doesn’t matter. What we as coaches call it offensively or defensively. That’s not going to work. Is that team 20 points better than us? No. Absolutely not, if we played the way we were capable of playing, then I think we’re better than they are. The thing we have to do now is just try to shake this off for our game on Wednesday.”

The top scorers for the Dark Horses were Jeremiah Pope with 8; Wyman Faison with 6 points; Thaxter Sprull with 8 points; Micheal Boykin had 6 points; OJ James with 5 points; JC Evans with 4 points; Jaalen Best with 5 points; EJ Howard with 2 points.

Clinton goes to Eastern Wayne of Wednesday, and they now hold an 11-4 overall record.

Lakewood went up against out-of county rival Wallace Rose Hill on Monday in the M.L.K winter jam tournament. held at Union High on Monday.

The Bulldogs devoured the Leopards with a final score of 77-49.

Lakewood stayed with Wallace through the first quarter, which ended with the Bulldogs only 2 points up, 14-12.

Lakewood attempted to pull ahead but Wallace managed to keep the lead at halftime, 30-24.

Wallace turned on their shooting power in the second half and pulled away. By the end of the 3rd quarter the Bulldogs had out-scored the Leopards by a 28 to 10 margin.

Lakewood’s head coach, Sylvester Pittman, was unavailable for comment after the game.

Scoring was balalnced for the Leopards, with Deshaun Wilson leading the team with 15 points. Willie Herring scored 7, Deontre Newkirk had 6 points, Mike Graham, Jabriel Cooper, Michael Smith, and Maurice Boone, all scored 4 points, and Nasien Devane and J. Owen, each scored 2 points.

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