The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 12, 2013

Bandy, Williams clutch late for SWE

PINETOPS — PINETOPS – Second-year coach Anthony Burns has seen his SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars play up and down all season. Wednesday night, he saw glimpses of what he hopes will be a continuous thing when they handed the Bertie Falcons their first loss of the season when they defeated them 60-54.

"We finished the game like I'd hoped we would," Burns said. "Hopefully we are starting to make that maturity turn that I've been looking for all season."

The Cougars (4-2) had three players in double figures. Quantellas Norwood led the way with a double-double and a game-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Fabrion Bandy knocked down 15 and grabbed seven boards and Devonte Williams added 12 points.

Williams and Bandy were clutch in the fourth quarter when they scored six points apiece and helped the Cougars maintain the lead. Bandy hit three jumpers and Williams added an old fashion three point play and three free throws.

"Devonte and Fabrion both proved themselves tonight," Burns said. "They both gave us some good scoring in the game."

Tuesday night, Burns relied on his bench players to give him some production against North Edgecombe, but his starting five and a two off the bench played the majority of the game. That's what Burns had been looking for was consistency from his starters.

"We have began to play with maturity and everyone is accepting their roles," Burns said. "We've had players step up and give us positive minutes and some point production."

SouthWest made a run in the third quarter to open up the lead after Bertie coach Kelvin Hayes received a technical foul for questioning calls. After Williams knocked down one of two free throws, the Cougars closed the quarter out on a 7-2 run that gave them a 41-34 lead.

"We talked at halftime and made a couple of adjustments," Burns said. "We came out and turned up our defensive pressure and were able to make them turn the ball over and force some shots."

The Cougars turned the ball over 18 times and forced Bertie to turn it over 14 times. The Cougars capitalized on the Falcons miscues and scored nine points off of them.

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