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Lexington subdues Stall to advance to Modie Risher Classic final

CHARLESTON—A guard-oriented lineup doesn’t bode particularly well when facing a team with more size.  However, the Lexington boys’ basketball team used its smaller stature to its advantage, consistently maneuvering through the Stall press to get to the basket and either finish or draw fouls.

The Wildcats trailed for just 29 seconds of action as they defeated the Warriors, 70-49, in the semifinals of the Modie Risher Classic at Burke High School.  Lexington will face May River in the championship game Friday night at 8:30 p.m.

“I thought we struggled a little bit last night, but I thought we came out and executed what we wanted to do tonight,” Lexington head coach Bailey Harris said.  “We were able to rebound the ball, which can be a struggle for us, and we were able to spread them out and make them play at the pace we wanted to play.”

“Tonight they outplayed us.  Good luck to Lexington.  I can’t blame anything else,” said Stall head coach Micheal Breedlove.  “We didn’t play good enough to win.  It was a bad night and we’ll come back tomorrow and try to rectify some things.  We’ll keep pushing.”

Mason Carver was the only Wildcat in double figures, scoring a game-high 31 points.  Alonzo Jenkins led the Warriors with 15 while Romello Grant chipped in with 10.

Grant opened the scoring with a floater before Lexington took over in the first quarter.  The Wildcats went on a 13-3 run before Anthony Clarke’s basket closed the gap to six points.  But Jack Vandergeest hit a runner and Carver drained a three-pointer as time expired to put his team ahead, 18-7.

Lexington (9-5) continued to extend its advantage in the second quarter, taking a 33-19 lead into halftime.  Carver scored eight of the final 10 points for the Wildcats in the frame, with six of those coming at the charity stripe.

“He’s our leader.  When you get a get a situation where he gets isolated a lot and gets to the free throw line a lot, it’s going to be pretty good,” Harris said.

Carver continued his stellar play after the intermission, seemingly having an answer for every Stall basket.  Once again, he had eight of Lexington’s 10 points to begin the third quarter, constantly blowing by defenders and converting at the rim.

“That point guard they have is a really good player.  He did a good job of controlling their team,” Breedlove said.

Jenkins did everything he could to keep Stall within striking distance.  He knocked down a triple along with two shots in the paint to make it 43-30, but the Wildcats closed the period with nine consecutive points to essentially put the game out of reach.

Stall (8-4) will take on Mervo High (MD) in the third-place game at 7 p.m.



Lexington              18           15           19           18—70

R.B. Stall               7              12           11           19—49

Lexington (70): Mason Carver 31, Reed 9, Vandergeest 9, Green 8, Foulks 6, Corley 3, Long 2, Hilton 2.

Stall (49): Alonzo Jenkins 15, Romello Grant 10, Ward 7, Vangross 6, Rivers 3, Clarke 3, Richardson 3, Lingard 2.

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