First Posted: 1/15/2009
Purnell Swett nearly pulls off conference upset
Brad Harrison-Staff Writer
PEMBROKE - Down by five points with less than three minutes to go, the upset-minded Purnell Swett Rams looked to be headed towards staging a victory over Southview Wednesday night in Pembroke.
But numerous missed opportunities in the closing stages eliminated any hopes a victory for the Rams, 3-8,0-3, who fell 39-34 to the visiting Tigers.
“I'm pleased with our defensive play. We went out and gave up 37 points,” said Rams' head coach James Locklear. “Right now we're just struggling on the offensive end of the floor.”
After a foul shot by Southview's Jonathan Hannah stretched Southview's lead to 36-31 with 3:04 to play, the Rams had two chances to at least pull within a point of the lead.
But on two straight possessions, Purnell Swett came away empy.
First, a pass from Justin Jacobs was stolen by the Tigers' Rakeim Jackson.
On their ensuing trip down the floor, the Rams couldn't cash in the aftermath of a Sean Locklear rebound.
Even after the two misses, Purnell Swett had a chance to draw closer after Hannah's errant pass turned the ball over to the Rams as they trailed 36-31.
But Sean Locklear's baseline jumper with 42 seconds remaining fell off the mark, forcing Purnell Swett to intentionally foul the Tigers in the waning moments of the game.
Locklear hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining to trim the deficit to 37-34 before a pair of Derrick Jackson charity shots secured the final margin.
Spending the first three quarters trailing by double digits after falling behind 13-0 to start the game, the Rams didn't relent, scrapping their way to a 33-23 deficit at the end of three quarters.
“We have to play within ourselves,” James Locklear said. “We can't get out there and try and run with people.”
That lead shrunk even more to start the fourth as Justin Jacobs nailed two of his four three-pointers to trim the Tigers' advantage to 35-29 with 6:37 left in regulation.
Jacobs finished with team-high 12 points, all coming on three-pointers.
Southview 63, Purnell Swett 12
The Lady Rams got off to a rocky start and never recovered against Southview, as they were shutout 13-0 in the first quarter on the way to a 63-12 loss.
Purnell Swett, who was led by Cierra Worriax's three points, has now gone seven consecutive quarters without scoring in double figures.
Both the Rams and Lady Rams travel to Cape Fear Friday.