Bruins drop two in Bojangles field

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Holiday Hoops

By Robert Howey



After two games in the Bojangles Shootout in Charlotte, the Lancaster Bruins have only fired  blanks.

The 8-3 Bruins dropped their second straight tournament loss, falling to Mooresville, 71-66 on Wednesday afternoon in the Bojangles Coliseum.

Mooresville, 8-3, built a 36-31 halftime lead to notch the five-point win.

Lancaster, which fell to Mallard Creek, 59-48 in its tournament opener on Tuesday night, rallied to make it 48-47 with a period to play, but the Blue Devils outscored LHS 23-19 in the final eight minutes to take the win.

Mooresville placed four players in double figures, led Isaiah Johnson’s 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Kendrick Johnson hit 17 points and had five boards. Shawn Lester netted 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Dre Howell had 11 points and six rebounds.

Lancaster committed 15 turnovers, while MHS had seven.

LHS senior Ron Trapps hit 23 points and had nine rebounds. Sindarius Thornwell followed with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

KeAnthony Foster scored seven and Forrest Woodard hit six. C.D. Pellham netted four, Madarius Bailey scored three and Qua Duncan added two points.

Lancaster faced A.C. Flora in the seventh-place game Thursday.

Mooresville faced South Meck in the fifth-place game.

Mavs top Bruins

Mallard Creek rose to the occasion in the second half to down Lancaster 59-48 in the opening round of the Bojangles Shootout at the Bojangles Arena in Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Lancaster held a 24-20 lead at the break and quickly built the lead to 29-20 on a Sindarius Thrornwell bucket and a Nate Bush three-pointer.

From that point, the Mavericks outscored Lancaster 39-19 to notch the 11-point comeback win.

“Mallard Creek deserves credit,” Lancaster coach Ricardo Priester said. “They outworked us when it mattered. They were better than we were when it mattered the most.

“They got loose balls and second shot rebounds,” he said. “They just outhustled us, something that doesn’t happen to us.”

Lancaster led 38-36 after three periods, but the Mavs, behind the play of Dominique Williams, outscored LHS 23-10 in the final eight minutes.

Williams scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the final period.

The Mavs were 19 of 32 at the foul line in the final period, including 13 of 20 at the stripe.

Mallard Creek took the lead at 42-20 on Williams bucket with 4:30 to play to trigger an 8-0 run over three minutes.

The Bruins couldn’t get closer until the 1:02 mark on a Sindarius Thornwell trey.

“We were patient tonight and that was the difference,” MC coach David Rutledge. “We  did a good job and waited for opportunities.”

Thornwell led Lancaster with 16 and Nate Bush scored 13, including 4 of 11 treys.

Ron Trapps hit seven and had four assists. C.D. Pelham scored six. Qua Duncan, who grabbed six rebounds, had two points along with Forrest Woodard and KeAnthony Foster.

Williams’ 22 led the Mavs, who improved to 5-6. Elijah Morton hit 16.

Dominique Henderson had eight points for MCHS.