The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


February 6, 2014

North Edgecombe splits with South Creek

LEGGETT — LEGGETT – North Edgecombe Warriors coach Mike Jones sat and watched in frustration just like his players played Wednesday night against the South Creek Cougars. North Edgecombe scored in double figures in just one quarter and in the second half they couldn't buy a basketball. South Creek used the Warriors missed chances and their large amount of turnovers to score in transition and on second and third chance opportunities en route to a 60-30 blowout.

"I am totally displeased with our performance," Jones said in frustration after the game. "We didn't come out with any intensity and we didn't run any of our offensive sets. We were just complacent and the score really showed the indication."

North Edgecombe missed 12 lay-ups in the game and shot just as poor from the free line shooting 6 for 17 (35 percent).

"It is no excuse for a high school player to miss that many layups," Jones said. "That is one of the things I hate to see....a missed layup. I have no words that can explain it."

The Warriors scored just five points in the first quarter, four in the third and five more in the fourth. They were able to take good shots early in the game, but they didn't fall. In the second quarter they were able to get it going. They scored 16 points in that frame and made a short run, but the Cougars answered right back.

"It is frustrating to follow a performance like we had Tuesday with a poor performance like this one," Jones said of his team's 33 point outburst a day earlier. "That just goes to show when you don't stick to the game plan and play as a cohesive group things can be devastating and the results can be just that."

RJ Battle led the way for North Edgecombe scoring 11 points, while Rontarius Graham added nine.

The Warriors couldn't get into any type of offensive flow, but of the careless mistakes they committed trying to set up plays. Throwing cross court passes that sailed out of bounds and making bounce passes off teammate's legs. Those miscues led to North Edgecombe's 27 turnovers, which turned into 19 points for South Creek.

"I thought we had gotten rid of the turnover problem," Jones said. "We had cut our turnovers down the past four games, but tonight we went back the old way that we played earlier in the season. We have to take better care of the ball and move the it around. We just dribbled too much tonight and that caused a lot of turnovers out of the double teams."

South Creek scored 22 points on second and third chance shots, due to the Warriors not boxing out and having no one near the goal to rebound the missed Cougar shots.

"We knew from our scouting report we knew they were physical on the boards and we knew that," Jones said. "We didn't box out and didn't give a defensive effort. A lack of defensive effort with guys just standing there when a shot goes up and not moving."

The Warriors have one day to fix their problems before they host county and conference rival tarboro Friday in Warren Jones Gymnasium in Leggett.

"We have to fix ourselves mentally," Jones said heading into Friday's game against Tarboro. "I have to remind them about the run we had before this loss when we hit this stump against South Creek."

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