WSN basketball sees close games at J.U. Blacksher
Published 9:52 am Monday, December 6, 2010
One point, two points, and two points: That was the final score differences in the W.S. Neal B-team, Lady Eagles, and varsity games Thursday on the road at J.U. Blacksher.
The B-team Eagles lost to the Bulldogs 45-44 while the girls lost 39-37. In varsity action, the Eagles picked up the lone win for W.S. Neal as they won a close game, 52-50.
With the losses for the B-team and Lady Eagles, W.S. Neal fell to 0-4 and 1-4 respectively while the varsity Eagles got their second win of the season and their second win over J.U. Blacksher to improve to 2-6.
JUB 45, WSN B-team 44
Leading 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter, the W.S. Neal Eagles were outscored 14-9 to lose by one point to J.U. Blacksher Thursday 45-44.
The Eagles trailed 13-7 after the first quarter but fought back in the second to cut into the lead by three points as they held a 13-10 advantage in the quarter to trail 23-20 at the break.
In the third, W.S. Neal once again outscored the Bulldogs, this time 15-8 to take a 35-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, W.S. Neal was outscored by five points to lose by one.
Trevor Burns led W.S. Neal with 20 points and Zack Haveard added eight points in the loss. Bryson Peterson followed with five points and Terrell Smith added four points. Nick Straiton chipped in three points and Justin Floyd and Malik Williams added two points each.
JUB 39, W.S. Neal Lady Eagles 37
The W.S. Neal Lady Eagles dropped their fourth game in a row late in the game as they lost to J.U. Blacksher 39-37.
“It was a nail biter all the way,” W.S. Neal Lady Eagle head coach John Saxon said. “One of those games that you know you should have won, but we gave it away in the last 12 seconds. We had the lead with 34 seconds to go and we were up 37-35 and we had the ball. I called a timeout to set our offense and we turned it over out of bound. They scored with 19 seconds left and I called timeout again to play for the last shot. We turned it over with seven second lefts and they scored with three seconds left.”
The game was tied 16-16 after the first quarter and W.S. Neal led 25-23 at halftime following a 9-7 advantage in the second quarter.
In the third, W.S. Neal was outscored by two points, 8-6, to see the game head into the fourth quarter tied at 31.
In the fourth, the Lady Eagles were once again outscored 8-6 to lose by two.
Keyvonnia Kyles led W.S. Neal with 12 points and eight steals in the loss. Angelique Askew followed with eight points and Tiana Smith chipped in five points. Daisha Flowers added four points and Glenshia Butler added three. Megan Andrews and Arianna Jones both had two points in the loss.
Smith led W.S. Neal with 10 rebounds and Andrews led with five assists. Smith and Andrews both led with three blocks.
W.S. Neal was 12-of-38 from the free throw line in the loss.
W.S Neal varsity 52, JUB 50
While all the other W.S. Neal basketball teams found themselves on the losing end of some close games Thursday, the varsity Eagles were on the winning end of a close one.
Kenny Kiser went the length of the floor with seven seconds left in the game and made a layup as the buzzer went off to give W.S. Neal a 52-50, two-point win, to improve them to 2-6 this season with both wins coming over J.U. Blacksher.
“We finally played the way I thought we could,” W.S. Neal Eagle head coach Derek Roberts said. “We pretty much controlled the tempo of the game and shot the ball well. We still have a long ways to go. My guys played harder this game than they ever played.”
W.S. Neal trailed 13-11 after the first quarter and 25-24 at the half as they outscored the Bulldogs 13-12 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, both teams scored seven points as they headed to the fourth quarter with J.U. Blacksher on top 32-31.
In the fourth, W.S. Neal outscored the Bulldogs 21-18 to get the win.
Kiser finished with 17 points and Jalen Harrod and Dalton Evans both had nine points.
Montrel Banks added with points and Donovan Millican chipped in seven points. Josiah Nettles followed in the win with two points.