ROBCO Shootout: Scippio drops 37 as Mustangs beat Purnell Swett

Scott Schlaufman Sports Editor

December 19, 2013

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ROWLAND — The South Robeson basketball team didn’t have the strongest opening to the Robeson County Shootout tournament on Wednesday, putting up only 32 points in a loss to Lumberton.

It didn’t sit well with forward Reggie Scippio.

“I cried,” he said Thursday.

So before Thursday’s 75-57 win against Purnell Swett in the consolation bracket, he sat down with coach Quincy Johnson.

“Me and coach, we had a deep talk, me and him,” he said. “Just about being a leader.”

With plenty of motivation, Scippio took the leadership role and ran with it, putting up 37 points, mostly from quick cuts to the basket.

No matter the situation, he seemed to have a move that would fake a defender, leaving a lane to the rim.

“We made him look like Kobe tonight,” said Purnell Swett coach Jeremy Sampson. “Last time he had 31 against us. We can’t find a way to stop him, you know?”

Scippio finished the game by sinking 13 field goals, all 2-pointers and going 11-12 from the free-throw line to advance the Mustangs to the tournament’s 5th place game on Saturday at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

In the first half, he nearly single-handedly bested the Rams, putting up 21 points. The Rams had 22 in the same time span.

“I found a position he’s comfortable at down in the four and five,” Johnson said.

After only leading by five after the first quarter, South Robeson went up 12 at halftime and was hardly challenged the rest of the game.

Purnell Swett was eliminated from the tournament and played without two of its top scorers. Anthony Williamson, who averages around 10 points per game, is out of town, and leading scorer Kendrick Purdie was in the hospital with dehydration issues.

Mark Locklear took over the lead scoring role, putting up 11, all in the second half. Tyler Maynor and Josh Brooks added nine each.

Sampson said his team wasn’t using the missing scorers as an excuse.

“We didn’t take them lightly, they just outplayed us,” he said.

Swett girls top Mustangs

The way the Purnell Swett girls started a 54-48 win against South Robeson wasn’t what coach Danyel Jolicoeur wanted.

The Rams put up eight points, half on free throws, and trailed the Mustangs by 11.

“The first quarter we just really came out flat,” she said. “We just fought back.

“We’ve been talking the last few days about our seniors showing some heart and our seniors stepped up.”

The Rams used a balanced effort to work themselves back in the game, utilizing 3-pointers from Taylor Locklear and Patience Epps, short shots from Mikala Lowry and Bristin Locklear, and free throws from around the lineup to narrow the lead to three at halftime.

In the third quarter, they eventually went ahead and held a small margin until the end.

Lowry led the Rams with 17 points and Epps, a jayvee callup, had 14.

“She came into our team this week and she’s just meshed well,” Jolicoeur said.

The Rams placed a heavy pressure defense on Mustang guard A’terria Quick, who is traditionally her team’s leading scorer.

Quick was limited to two points in the first half, both on free throws, and accumulated seven of her 12 points from the free-throw line.

“I knew that would be one of the things they were going to do. They tried to keep her as isolated from the ball as they could and they did well,” said South Robeson coach Lula Ratley.

Savanna hunt stepped up in Quick’s absence, scoring 19, including 14 in the first half.

Red Springs, St. Pauls advance

In the other consolation games at Red Springs, the Red Springs boys and St. Pauls girls moved on to the fifth place games.

Red Springs overcame St. Pauls in a 65-59 overtime win despite an effort that coach Glenn Patterson felt was lacking.

“We came out flat,” he said. “We just played with low energy and no effort.”

Despite the struggle, Red Springs led at the end of the first two quarters before falling behind at halftime.

The Red Devils trailed by six heading into the final minutes before switching to a smaller lineup that provided the tying points.

“The fourth quarter was when we really picked it up,” Patterson said. “We really started playing and getting some baskets in transitions.

In overtime, St. Pauls was outscored 17-11.

Jalik Foster led the Red Devils with 26 points and Jamison Baker had 14. Malik Livingston led St. Pauls with 26.

St. Pauls’ girls beat Fairmont 52-39.


2013 Robeson County Shootout

Admission is $6 per round.

Girls will play at 6 p.m., boys at 7:30.


First Round

Fairmont 99, Red Springs 59

Richmond 83, St. Pauls 44

Lumberton 80, South Robeson 32

Dillon 97, Purnell Swett 89, 2OT

Consolation semifinals, Thursday

Red Springs 65, St. Pauls 59, OT

South Robeson 75, Purnell Swett 57

Semifinals, Friday

Richmond at Fairmont

Dillon at Lumberton

Placing/Championship games

Saturday at UNC Pembroke

5th place: Red Springs vs. South Robeson

3rd place: Semifinal losers

Championship: Semifinal winners


First Round

Red Springs 41, Fairmont 38

Richmond 63, St. Pauls 31

Dillon def. Swett

Lumberton 70, South Robeson 46

Consolation semifinals, Thursday

Purnell Swett 54, South Robeson 48

St. Pauls 52, Fairmont 39

Semifinals, Friday

Richmond vs. Red Springs at Fairmont

Dillon at Lumberton

Placing/Championship games

Saturday at UNC Pembroke

5th place: Purnell Swett vs. St. Pauls

3rd place: Semifinal losers

Championship: Semifinal winners



Red Springs 65, St. Pauls 59

St. Pauls 5 10 17 16 11 — 59

Red Springs 12 8 13 15 17 — 65

ST. PAULS — Malik Livingston 23, Zeke Sansbury 16, Murchison 5, Graham 3, Jacobs 6, Patterson 2, Bullard 2, Bridges 2.

RED SPRINGS — Jalik Foster 26, Jamison Baker 14, Tucker 9, Chavis 5, Atkinson 4, Graham 4, McGeachy 2, McLaurin 1.

3-Point Goals — STP: Livingston 2; RS: Baker 2, Tucker.

Fouled Out — RS: Blue.

South Robeson 75, Purnell Swett 57

Purnell Swett 9 13 17 17 — 57

South Robeson 14 20 19 22 — 75

PURNELL SWETT — Mark Locklear 11, Maynor 9, J. Brooks 9, Lowry 6, D. Brooks 5, Anderson 5, Chavis 4, Campbell 4, Brown 2.

SOUTH ROBESON — Reggie Scippio 37, Devin 9, Dakota 9, McCallum 8, McDuffie 4, Leach 2, Jones 1.

3-Point Goals — PS: Maynor 2, M.Locklear, Anderson, Lowry, J. Brooks; SR — Devin 2, Dakota.


Purnell Swett 54, South Robeson 48

Purnell Swett 19 8 8 13 — 48

South Robeson 8 15 14 16 — 54

FAIRMONT — Mikala Lowry 17, Patience Epps 14, B. Locklear 7, T. Locklear 6, Hunt 5, Chavis 4

SOUTH ROBESON — Savanna Hunt 19, A’terria Quick 12, McLeod 7, Stackhouse 6, T. Hunt 4.

3-Point Goals — SR: S. Hunt 2, Quick; PS: Epps 2, T. Locklear, C. Locklear.

Fouled Out — PS: Epps