ROCKINGHAM — It was “Upset Friday” in the Southeastern Conference for the boys basketball teams.
League-leading Richmond Senior fell in overtime to Pinecrest and Scotland tripped second-place Lumberton by 20.
The Raiders had a chance to seize control of the conference with a win coupled with the Pirates’ loss. Instead the conference is once again wide open.
Richmond is currently 3-1 in the SEC and is tied atop the standings with Hoke. The Bucks are also 3-1 after stopping the Pirates Monday night in their make-up game from earlier this season. Scotland and Pinecrest are both 2-2, while Lumberton and Purnell Swett are in the cellar with 1-3 league marks.
Tonight was slated to be “Rivalry Tuesday” but the majority of games have been postponed. Richmond and Scotland will now take the court Thursday because of the forecast of winter weather.
The Lumberton and Purnell Swett game was postponed Monday afternoon, but no make-up date has been scheduled. The other SEC contest set for tonight is Pinecrest at Hoke and that contest is postponed as well.
Unlike the boys Friday, things on the girls side things were a little more normal.
Scotland remained perfect in the SEC and improved to 4-0 with its win over Lumberton. Richmond remained one game behind its rival with a 20-point victory over Pinecrest. Hoke also kept pace after downing Purnell Swett.
In Monday’s action, Lumberton evened its conference mark at 2-2 with its win over Hoke. The Bucks dropped to 2-2 in the SEC.
Raiders take 5th in tourney
The Richmond wrestling team finished fifth out of 10 teams in Providence Grove tournament Saturday. The Raiders were 2-3 on the day, defeating Dudley and Grimsley.
Only three Richmond wrestlers posted winning records in the event. Bryan Marsh in the 113-pound class was 4-1, earning two forfeit victories, defeated one opponent by pinfall and another by decision. Gary Blue at 126 was 3-2 with three pinfalls wins. David Watkins was also 3-2 in the 285-pound division. Watkins notched wins by pinfall, decision and forfeit.
Richmond was slated to square off against Scotland 6 p.m. Wednesday but the match was postponed to 6 p.m. Thursday in Scotland’s auxiliary gymnasium.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.