Lumberton and North Meck win the 4A Region Championships
4A East Championship
Lumberton, (26-5), 68, Pinecrest, (27-4) 47
Jordan McNeil scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Lumberton to the 4A East Region Championship, with a 68-47 win over conference rival Pinecrest HS, of Pinehurst.
Charlie Miller, a sharpshooting junior, added 16 points, knocking down four treys. Miller’s half court shot, just before the horn, gave Lumberton a 34-25 half time lead. Pinecrest had cut the deficit to six points, after falling behind by double digits midway the half.
Jordan McNeil was a four-year starter for Lumberton. This sweet shooting combo guard was superb in leading his team to victory.
He has good quickness, along with solid handles and a sweet shooting touch to the arc.
Charlie Miller is a junior guard, who knows how to play. He’s the son of former UNC-Pembroke head coach Ben Miller and the grandson of former Ohio State head man, Eldon Miller.
Don’t let his bookworm looks fool you. This thin young man is slithery quick, with solid handles and a pure shooting stroke from deep beyond the arc.
Bradlee Haskell is one of the top 1Gs in NC’s Class of 2021, along with Carter Whitt, Bobby Pettiford and Breon Pass.
Haskell was doubled teamed and triple teamed by Lumberton’s defenders.
Pinehurst had won both regular season meetings, between these two conference members.
Haskell had scored 30 in Pinecrest’s 4A East Region semifinal victory over Carter Whitt and Leesville Road.
4A West Region Championship
North Mecklenburg, (30-1), 86, Olympic, (22-7), 78
North Meck, which led 64-47 after three quarters, built their lead to 23, at 72-49, before Olympic used a 21-3 run to cut the deficit to five at 75-70.
North Meck held on however, for the 86-78 victory.
Olympic 19 14 14 31 — 78
North Meck 23 23 18 22 — 86
FOR NORTH MECK
Trayden Williams, a 6-0 senior guard, who has signed to play at Robert Morris University, led North Meck with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Tristan Maxwell, a 6-2 senior sharpshooter, who has singed with Georgia Tech, had an off shooting day, but he still managed 18 points, along with eight rebounds and five assists.
Tristan, the son of former Houston Rocket star, has a very good feel for the game.
Shamann Artis, a 6-1 senior senior guard, came up big, finishing with 17 points, knocking down 5-8 treys. He also contributed three assists and four steals.
Jeremy Gregory, a 6-6 245 sophomore lefty, scored 15 and grabbed 12 rebounds. He was 5-8 from the floor and 5-5 from the charity stripe.
Chris Ford, a 6-5 junior, a relentless rebounder and defender, finished eight points and 10 rebounds.
Josh Banks, a 6-5 senior, 2G, who will play collegiately at VCU, led Olympic with 19 points.
The athletic Banks had an off day shooting, but he hit 8-8 from the free throw line and finished with 19 points.
Trevon Williams, a junior guard, who averaged four assists per game, along with 16.3 ppg for the season was a solid performer all season for Olympic.
The combo guard averaged four assists, along with 16.3 ppg.
Nishawn Hodge, 6-2 senior guard played well for Olympic, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in his final high school game.