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Knights claim foul fest over CCS, 80-62

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In today’s world, tweeting via social media is a preferred communication.

Tweeting, as from a whistle, was also a preferred way of getting a message across during Monday’s crosstown showdown between varsity boys basketball teams from Greenfield School and Community Christian.

Behind the defensive work of junior Creighton Lebo, the Knights pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 80-62 victory at Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf’s Williamson Gym. The host Cyclones (3-2) had trimmed the Knights’ lead to 63-54 with 6:30 to play before Lebo stole the ball and drove in for a layup, completing a three-point play to put Greenfield up 12. His steal and layup later in the quarter gave the Knights a 78-56 advantage, their largest of the contest in improving to 3-1.

But in the interim, the Knights were whistled for 26 of the game’s 39 fouls, a struggle that carried over to the offensive end. 

“Very disappointing effort as far as our execution on the offensive end tonight,” Salter said. “We really couldn’t get into a rhythm, and a lot of that was our fault. We were fouling way too much, but defensively, we’ve been playing pretty good. And tonight, I didn’t think we were very good at all on the defensive end.”

Lebo led four Knights in double figures with 24 points, while juniors Trey Pittman and Jacari Outlaw each had 18. Collin Guilford, a junior, had 14. Greenfield is still without junior point guard Dji Bailey due to a hip injury.

Greenfield, a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, led 27-12 after one quarter, but saw the Cyclones, behind junior Jimmy Forte, closed to within 31-27 in the second quarter. Lebo picked up his third foul early in the quarter getting tangled up with Forte on a charging call that was reversed to a block.

“We gave great hustle today,” Forte said. “We tried our hardest; we just need to get to some spots and get our passes sharper so we won’t make as many turnovers.”

Forte, coming off a 62-point game against Winterville Christ Covenant last week, had 21 points. Eric Wynn, a promising freshman, had 21 points. The Cyclones of the 1-A Coastal Independents Conference did not help their cause by missing 10 foul shots in the second half.

Lebo had 11 of his 23 in the fourth quarter. 

“We’ve got some work to do,” Lebo said. “But I think we’ll get there. We’ll learn from this, take it day by day and get better in practice tomorrow.”

 

GREENFIELD (80)

Guilford 13, Outlaw 18, Baker 4, Pittman 18, Lebo 24, Lynch 2, Foster 1, Sessoms, Holland.

CCS (62)

Wynn 23, Je. Williams 2, Piccolo 4, McFarland 10, Forte 21, Jo. Williams 2, Manning, Moran, Edgerton, Lane.

 

Score by quarters:

Greenfield 27 19 17 17 80

CCS 12 22 16 12 62

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