Southern Nash moves on to third round for first time since 1998

By scott collie

Telegram Correspondent

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BAILEY – Senior Damien Bryant scored a game-high 14 points to lead Southern Nash to a 59-44 victory over Eastern Wayne and lead the Firebirds to the third round for the first time since 1998.

The Firebirds (17-8) will travel to top-seeded Eastern Alamance on Saturday night.

The Warriors (6-21) used a 16-2 run to take a 10-point second quarter lead before settling for a 24-19-halftime advantage.

Southern Nash coach Robbie Kennedy challenged his team – which won its first Big East title since 1998 last week – during the break.

“We just felt like we weren’t being physical and were getting out-hustled,” Kennedy said. “We decided to go to a 2-3 zone because we were having so much trouble guarding them off the dribble… I told the guys that this could be our final 16 minutes of the season.”

The switch to the zone worked as Southern Nash held the Warriors to five third-quarter points which allowed the Firebirds to open up a 36-29 advantage heading to the final eight minutes.

“I thought Lamont (Strickland) really gave us a lift being so active in the interior of the zone,” Kennedy said.

The Warriors struggled from the perimeter and had difficulty finishing in the paint when they were able to penetrate.

Once behind the Warriors had to come and play the Firebirds man to man, which led to numerous layups from Bryant and Marquise Wright.

The Firebirds, who were 2-12 from the free-throw line in the first half, sank 16 of their 22 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, including an 8-for-8 performance from sophomore guard Dae’One Wilkins, for the advantage they needed.

Wilkins scored all 11 of his points in the second half, while Wright and Chris Lucas added 10 each.

Matthew Ray Sutton scored 12 points to lead Eastern Wayne, while Malky Williams added 11.

Wright said that and his teammates are looking forward to Saturday night’s opportunity at one of the better teams in the state.

“They (Eastern Alamance) are a great team, and we know it’s going to be a difficult challenge,” Wright said, “but it’s also a great opportunity and we need to embrace it.”

Comments

BLOWN OUT

THEY WERE BLOWN OUT TONITE AT EASTERN ALAMANCE.......JUST AS I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE

FANs

I bet the fans were as classy as ever and representing the southern end.

LOL

The team they beat last nite was a joke.......let's see what happens Saturday

Go Firebirds

Great Job Southern Nash High School. You represent the southern end great!!

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