LUMBERTON — At various points during the season, the Lumberton boys basketball team has watched halftime leads slip away.
Friday’s 76-60 win against Richmond seemed to be headed that way after the Raiders hit two shots to tie the game at 43 with three minutes left in the third.
Then came Y’Shawn Gaddy.
In a 50-second span starting with 1:31 left, the Lumberton junior hit two free throws and two 3-pointers to put the Pirates up by eight points.
“He was the leading scorer on the jayvee team last year and we’ve been waiting for him (to start scoring),” Lumberton coach Mackie Register said. “When he gets hot, he can put up some points.”
In a game crucial to the Pirates’ (10-10, 3-4) playoff chances, Gaddy’s run and two free throws by Travis Suggs gave Lumberton a 10-point lead at the end of the third, which Richmond (12-7, 4-3) couldn’t make up.
Richmond struggled out of the gate, struggling to find an offensive rhythm and getting out-rebounded. It led to second-chance points and a constant lead for Lumberton.
“Lumberton really out-rebounded us in the first half and were more aggressive than we were in the first half,” Richmond coach David Laton. “That’s been our problem this year. We’ve had too many first halves where we’ve got to come out and be more aggressive.”
Richmond scored only nine points in the first 7:55 of the game but narrowed the lead to 19-12 when Tre Pettigrew sank a half-court shot following a turnover.
Lumberton got the lead to 10 points by halftime, but Richmond pushed back into it using a three-person attack from Greg Patterson, Xavier Davis and Pettigrew. Patterson started a run with a free throw, followed by a layup-and-foul 3-point play from Pettigrew. Davis then hit two 3-pointers to get within striking distance.
A layup by Patterson with 3:56 left in the third eventually gave Richmond a 40-39 lead. Lumberton took the lead back less than a minute later and with 3:02 left, Lumberton’s Demetri Sheridan hit a layup to make it 45-43, which Gaddy followed with his eight points.
“That was clutch because they had taken the lead on us,” Register said.
Sheridan led Lumberton with 23 points and Gaddy had 17, including three of the Pirates’ four 3-pointers. Suggs also had 13.
Pettigrew and Davis led Richmond with 11.
Richmond defense shuts down Lumberton
The Richmond girls basketball team has relied heavily on the press lately and Friday, it worked to near perfection.
The Raiders allowed 14 points in the first half to take sole possession of second place in the Southeastern Conference.
“Our press started working really well. We’ve really been working on it the last two games,” Richmond coach Victoria DeFrate said. “They worked really hard and didn’t allow many easy shots.”
Lumberton (13-6, 4-3) struggled to hit shots from the floor, which Pirate coach Danny Graham credited to Richmond’s defense for allowing limited open looks. The Pirates hit only two 3-pointers and had Mariah Locklear, normally a key scorer, limited to five points.
The Raiders (11-5, 5-2) led 22-14 after halftime, then outscored Lumberton 16-9 in the third to run away with it.
Kivana Keane and Shaquail Wall led the Raiders with 14 points each. It completed a series sweep against the Pirates this year.
Lumberton was led by Azaya Graham with 12 points.