FAYETTEVILLE — Lumberton forward Demetri Sheridan continued making key contributions in Wednesday’s 58-55 win against Pine Forest.
The day after scoring a double-double on St. Pauls, the senior put up a season-high 17 points and hit two late free throws to put the game out of the Trojans’ reach.
“He sealed the game with a couple of free throws late,” Lumberton coach Mackie Register said.
The Pirates (4-2) forced a second-half comeback to get their third straight win and force Pine Forest’s first loss of the year. They trailed 31-23 at halftime before narrowing the lead in the third and going ahead in the fourth.
Register said the Pirates reduced turnovers, added some pressure defense and had a run in the first four minutes to get back into the game.
“We just came out and played real good defense, didn’t turn the ball over,” he said.
Lumberton’s Justice Sampson had 13 points and Travis Suggs had 12 points with four assists. Xavier Grissett continued his recent run defensively, nabbing nine rebounds with four blocks.
Pine Forest was led by Avery Redden with 21 points.
Graham leads LHS girls to win
Lumberton’s Asaya Graham found her touch in a 66-51 win against Pine Forest.
Graham hit five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points to lead the Pirates (4-2) to their third straight win.
“Last night was probably the best game that we’ve played so far,” Lumberton coach Danny Graham said. “We have a young team that I think is getting better all the time.”
Mariah Locklear added 11 points, including two 3-pointers, for the Pirates and post player Maya McCoy had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The game included a 27-point second quarter for Lumberton, which had more scoring than the 21-point second half.
Lumberton wrestling loses to Pinecrest
The Lumberton wrestling team lost 49-27 in a match against SEC rival Pinecrest.
The Pirates got wins from freshman Jacob Hill, senior Josh Watts, juniors Thomas Thompson and Kevin Marquez and sophomore Jesse Oliver.
Lumberton coach James Bell said his young team continues to make strides.
“Overall I saw a big improvement from all of our guys,” he said. “Pinecrest will be very surprised when they see us again at the Conference Tournament in February.”
4 Braves named to All-Super Region team
The postseason honors continued to accumulate for the No. 16th University of North Carolina at Pembroke football team. Wes Carter, Luke Charles, L.J. Stroman and Matt Turner were among 51 players named to the 2013 Daktronics All-Super Region 2 Football Team on Wednesday.
It is the first time the program has had multiple representatives named to the squad. Carter, an offensive lineman, defensive back Stroman and Turner, a defensive lineman, were all named to the first team, while Charles, the team’s main quarterback, was named to the second team.