Scorpions finish strong against West

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

LELAND—North Brunswick emerged victorious Friday in a regular-season finale between two high school boys’ basketball teams that had disappointing campaigns.

Junior forward Shawn Sanders scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Scorpions to a 77-52 win against county rival West Brunswick.

Tyshon Walker added 12 points as North Brunswick (8-14) completed a season sweep of the Trojans (5-19) and finished the regular season with back-to-back wins.

The Scorpions were coming off an upset at South Columbus, but they must win this week’s Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference tournament to qualify for next week’s state playoffs.

“I told the guys our backs are against the wall as far as getting in the state playoffs with a 4-8 conference record, but we had a big win Monday night against South Columbus,” said North Brunswick coach Travis Lemanski.

“I told them before this game it’s a county rivalry and we knew West would play us tough because of that, and we just said let’s go out there and try to get some momentum and take that into the conference tournament.”

North Brunswick outscored the Trojans 14-7 during the final 3:24 of the first quarter, and the margin would have been greater if West Brunswick’s Wally Kamfolt hadn’t banked in a 70-foot shot at the buzzer.

The Scorpions pulled away in the second quarter, hitting four three-pointers and getting a three-point play from Sanders to take a 39-26 halftime lead.

North Brunswick maintained its double-digit advantage throughout the second half.

Sanders got the crowd buzzing with three dunks, but the loudest ovation of the night belonged to Deandre Robbins. The North Brunswick big man hit a three-pointer, drew a foul and finished off the four-point play with 1:15 remaining to cap the win.

Lemanski said he was glad his team had a strong finish to the regular season after so many struggles.

“They looked like a different team this week. They executed offensively and got after it defensively,” he said.

“People aren’t trying to do everything by themselves. They’re realizing that playing team basketball is an easier route. We’ve fought that battle all season long, and they’re finally buying into it. As much talent as we have, I wish they would have bought into it from Day 1.

“They’re starting to come together. It might be a little too late for us, but we’re going to try to win that conference tournament and squeeze in the state playoffs.”

High scorers for West Brunswick were Alfy Hill with 13 points, Marcus Jackson with 12 and Pat Kamfolt with 11.

West Brunswick coach Brad Lewis said his team did not play good defense, particularly in the first half.

“They hit a lot of shots, but the first half that was just us not playing any defense,” Lewis said.

“They were wide-open shots. It was like they were practicing. I tried three or four different defenses in the first half. Nothing really worked. I should have just stayed man.

“I thought we played better defense in the second half, but they were already rolling by that point. They were in a rhythm and the shooters were feeling good.”

Game Summary

W. Brun. 15 11 8 18—52

N. Brun. 22 17 16 22—77

West Brunswick scoring: A. Hill 13, Jackson 12, P. Kamfolt 11, W. Kamfolt 9, Buffkin 4, Stewart 3.

North Brunswick scoring: Sanders 21, Walker 12, Batts 9, Robbins 8, Lennon 7, Cobia 6, Riley 5, Age 5, Merrick 4.

Doug Rutter is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at drutter@brunswickbeacon.com