West Trojans Edge Scorpions In Barn Burner
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STAf f PHOTO BV OOUG BUTTER
WEST BRUNSWICK'S SHAUN BOWENS (12), the hero in Friday night's game in Island, grabs a
rebound and looks to drive past North Brunswick's Demetrius Bell (24). Pictured in the background
(from left ) are Lonnie Mitchell, Greg Cause, Ronnie Ballard and Harry Baldwin.
South Girls Clinch Tie
For First League Title
South Brunswick's Lady Cougars made history last
week, clinching at least a lie for the school's lirst Wac
caniaw 2- A Conference girls' basketball title.
The Lady Cougars defeated Fairmont and South
Kobe son to improve to 12-0 in the conference and 16
The South girls, who just a year ago posted the first
winning season in school history, entered the final
week of the 1992 campaign with a perfect league
record in reach.
But the Lady Cougars will have to beat two of the
conference's best teams this week in order to finish the
regular season at 14-1).
South Brunswick was to travel to Whitcville
Tuesday night be'ore wrapping up the season Friday
with a home game igainst west Brunsw ick.
"We definitely have our two toughest games this
week," South Brunswick Coach Mike Isenberg said.
"Wc know we're going to have to play real well to win
one or both of those games."
Whitcville and West Brunswick both entered the
week ued for second place in the conference at 10-2.
Earlier this year. South Brunswick beat Whitcville
48-43 in overtime at Boiling Spring L^akes.
The Lady Cougars had an easier time against West
Brunswick, locating the Lady Trojans 57-43 in
"We're not preparing lor them any differently than
we did the firsi lime," I sen berg said Monday.
In last week's games. South Brunswick squeaked
past Fairmont 37-32 Friday night alter beating South
Robeson 62-47 on Tuesday.
Sophomore Erika Bryant paced the Lady Cougars in
both games, scoring 18 at Fairmont and 21 against
South Robeson's Lady Mustangs.
South Brunswick's girls struggled against the weak
er Fairmont team, which is sixth in the conference.
After beating the Fairmont girls by 31 points earlier
Uiis year, Iscnbcig said uic Lady Cougars had a bad
shooting night on Friday.
The 37 points was the lowest offensive output of the
year for South Brunswick's girls, who have averaged
59 points a game this season.
"We were jittery on offense," Isenberg said. "We
couldn't hit anything, and they did a good job re
FAIRMONT WINS WACCAMAW CROWN
Golden Tornadoes Sweep Cougars
BY DOUG RUTTKR
Fairmont completed a season
sweep of South Brunswick and
wrapped up the Waccamaw 2-A
Conference regular-season boys'
basketball title Friday night with a
85-49 victory over the Cougars.
Terrencc Watson and Jonathan
Grissctt scored 19 points each to
lead the undefeated Golden Torna
does to their 1 9th win of the season
and 12th in the conference.
For South Brunswick, it was the
worst of the four losses the defend
ing conference champion Cougars
have suffered this season.
The 49 points was South s lowest
offensive output so lar this year, and
the 36-point difference was by far
the largest margin of victory for a
South Brunswick opponent.
Fairmont entered the last week of
the regular season with a chance to
do what South Brunswick did a year
The Cougars (9-3, 17-4) finished
the 1991 conference regular season
at 14-0 and went on to win the
Fairmont, ranked as the best 2-A
team in the state by I he Associated
Press , took a 20-12 lead in the open
ing quarter last Friday.
The Tornadoes outscorcd the vis
iting Cougars 20-7 in the second
quarter to take a 40-19 halftime
Fairmont led 59-26 after three
quarters and outscorcd South Bruns
wick 26-23 in the Final period for
the final margin of victory.
Preston McGnff led South Bruns
wick with 27 points, but no other
Cougars scored in double figures.
Robert McKinnis added 15 points
and Dcmorris Winningham scored
13 for Fairmont.
South Brunswick was to play at
Whilcvillc Tuesday night before fin
ishing the regular season at home
Friday against West Brunswick.
Fairmont, looking to finish tin
regular season at 14-0, was to host
West Columbus Tuesday night and
travel to North Brunswick on Friday.
Score By Quarters
South Brunswick 12 7 7 23 ? 49
Fairmont 20 20 19 2(y? 85
South Brunswick scoring: Me
Griff, 27; White, 7; Moore, 6;
Smith, 4; Simon, 3; Parker, 2.
Fairmont scoring: Watson, 19;
Grissctt, 19; McKinnis, 15; Win
ningham, 13; Hunt, 5; Addison, 3:
McNair, 2; Taylor, 2; Chavis, 2;
Bobbian, 2; Arnctte, 2; Townshend,
Josh White and Kevin Smith
scored 14 points cach to lead the
Cougars to a 60-42 win over visiting
South Robeson last Tuesday.
McGriff added 12 points for
South Brunswick, which lead 16-11
alter one quarter and 35-22 at half
The Cougars coasted in the sec
ond half, oulscoring the over
matched Mustangs 25-20 for the
Dennis Hunt scored 13 points for
South Robeson and Tracy Jacobs
added 1 2 for the Mustangs.
Score By Quarters
South Robeson II II 7 13 ? 42
South Brunswick 16 19 10 15 ? 60
South Robeson scoring: Hunt, 13:
Jacobs, 12; Nealy, 7; Rately, 6;
Alford, 2; Graham, 2.
South Brunswick scoring: White,
14; K. Smith, 14; McGriff, 12;
M'H>re, 6; M. Smith, 6; Clarida, 4;
Fullwood, 2; Simon, 2.
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BY DOUG RUTTKR
| Shaun Bowcns hit a free throw
with no time on the clock to propel
West Brunswick to a wild 59-58
basketball victor)' at North Bruns
wick last Friday.
The win snapped a six-game los
ing streak for West Brunswick and
was the second time this year the
Trojans defeated the Scorpions in
the final seconds of a match.
"It was a real gcxxl win for us."
said a jubilant West Brunswick
Coach Billy Minis. "They all are
Bowcns' free throw capped a
wacky final minute of play in the
Waccamaw 2- A Conference battle.
Game officials called three fouls
in the final six seconds and set aside
two free throws because of rare rules
With the score tied 57-57 and one
minute to play, the Scorpions had
the ball and were holding for the fi
But North lost possession of the
ball as it was setting up the shot and
West Brunswick's Bowcns was
fouled with six seconds to play.
Bowcns hit the first free throw,
but it was waived because he
stepped on the foul line. He made
the second shot to give the Trojans a
Following a time out. the Scorps
heaved an inbound pass to Dwain
Waddcll at mid-court, who was
fouled with four seconds to play.
The North Brunswick guard hit
the first free throw to lie the game at
58. But his second shot was wiped
out when a Scorpion player left his
spot by the lane after the ball had
been handed to the shooter.
With the game tied and four ticks
left on the clock. West Brunswick's
Rrm'nnc Imt th<? inKrutnH n:K? nml
raced the length of the court.
He was fouled just before the
buzzer sounded and stepped to the
line for a onc-and-one opportunity
with no time on the clock.
With the Scorpion fans screaming
and his teammates standing at mid
court, Bowens swished the free
throw to ignite a wild celebration of
Trojan players, fans and cheerlead
West Brunswick had battled back
from a 13-point deficit in the first
quarter to pull off its most dramatic
win of the season.
The Scorpions used a 14-0 run
late in the opening period to build
21-8 lead. North was leading 29-14
mid-way through the second quarter
when West Brunswick started to
turn things around.
The Trojans outscorcd the Scorps
14-6 the rest of the quarter and
trimmed the North Brunswick lead
to 35-28 when Lonnic Mitchell hit a
three-point shot as the halftime
West Brunswick dominated in the
third quarter, outsconng the Scor
pions 17-5 as North Brunswick's
shooters went ice cold.
The Trojans took a 45-40 lead in
to the final period anil were leading
until North's Barry Baldwin hit two
tree throws with 1:36 to play to
make the score 55-55.
West Brunswick's Jimmy Grissctl
put the Trojans baek on top with
1:23 remaining, before Waddcll
made both ends of a onc-and-one
with 1: 16 left to tie the score at 57.
Despite the Trojans' 3-9 confer
ence mark and overall record of 4
16. Coach Mims praised his team
following Friday night's win.
"For a team that has lost 16 ball
games our enthusiasm has been
good," he said. "Our guys have real
ly hung in there and continued to
work in practice."
For North Brunswick, the game
was yet another close one that the
Scorps failed to win. They have lost
four ball games this yeai in the final
minute, including two to the Tro
On Jan. 24, Jerome Marlowe hit
two free throws with 18 seconds left
to lift West Brunswick to a 53-51
win over the Scorpions.
West Brunswick was to host East
Bladen Tuesday night before
wrapping up the regular season at
South Brunswick Friday.
Score By Quarters
West Brunswick 11 17 17 14? 59
North Brunswick 21 14 5 18 58
West Brunswick scoring: Bowens,
19; Mitchell, IX: Grissett. 12; Mar
lowe, 3; Reaves, 3; Mtxxly, 2;
North Brunswick scoring: Wad
dell, 24; R. Ballard. 15; Baldwin,
10; M. Ballard. 9.
Magellan Powell scored 15 points
to lead West Columbus to a 67-41
win over the Trojans last Tuesday
night in Shallotte.
The Vikings took a 15-7 lead in
the llrst quarter, and led 3(1-23 at
West Columbus pulled away in
the second half, ouLscoring the Tro
jans 18-9 in the third and fourth
Grissett scored a season-high 26
points to lead West Brunswick. He
was die only Trojan to score in dou
Score By Quarters
West Columbus 15 15 IS 19 ? 67
West Brunswick 7 16 9 9 ? 41
West Columbus scoring: Powell.
15; Sanderson. 10; Dawson. 9;
Betts, 8: Roberts. 7; Jones. 6: Frank,
5; Freeman, 4; Green, 3.
West Brunswick scoring: Grissett,
26; C. Reaves, 6; Marlowe, 4;
Bowens, 3: Mitchell, 2.
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