Leesville Road forward Quinton Marshall poured in 16 points and 15 rebounds in the Pride's 68-50 victory over South Granville Tuesday at the Chatlee Shootout at Lee County High School.
double-double leads Pride over South Granville
Playing in Lee County High's "Old Gym" — which with its 22-foot ceilings and dusty hardwood looks straight out of "Hoosiers" — the Leesville Road boys basketball team used a good old fashioned 14-0 run to close out the first half and cruise to a convincing 68-50 victory over South Granville Tuesday night.
Coming off a 68-44 loss to Union Pines Monday, the Pride improves its record to 1-1 in the Chantlee Shootout, which is hosted by Lee County. (Leesville returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 30, in the Shootout's third-place game slated for 4 p.m.)
Leesville senior Quinton Marshall made sure the Pride rebounded following the team's opening loss, posting 16 points and grabbing 15 boards against the Vikings.
"He had another good night for us," said Leesville head coach Roderic Brewington, alluding to Marshall's strong performance against Union Pines, when he scored 14 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. "We need that from him."
VIDEO: Pride victorious over Vikings Tuesday
The Leesville Road boys basketball team recorded a convincing 68-50 win over South Granville in the Chatlee Shootout Tuesday, Dec. 29. Check out our highlights, including Quinton Marshall's sweet lay-in in the first half.
Leesville Road's Shyheid Petteway (31) drives toward the basket as Jake Lenox gives chase during Thursday's 39-38 win over Wakefield. Petteway scored seven points in the victory.
'Underdog' Pride hand Wolverines first league loss
Although his Leesville Road boys basketball team's eight-point halftime lead over Wakefield Thursday might have been impressive — as well as unexpected — head coach Roderic Brewington knew the contest's conclusion was long from over.
With the sound of Wakefield head coach Pat Kennedy's voice reverberating from a nearby locker room, Brewington implored his troop with two simple goals: maintain their intensity and win the third quarter.
"I told our guys 'I have been watching sports my whole life, you're the underdogs. I've seen it hundreds of times, the underdogs come out flat in the second half and then they lose it,'" instructed the coach. "'You have to meet their intensity.'"
Part two of his instructions were focused strictly on the game's next eight minutes.
GALLERY: LR/WHS battle
Here are a few images from the Leesville Road/Wakefield boys and girls basketball games Thursday, Dec. 17. Check on the photo above to go to the gallery.
GALLERY: Pride basketball battles Catamounts, Pirates
Here are a few photographs we captured from the Leesville Road boys basketball team's contests with Panther Creek and Durham Riverside Nov. 30 & Dec. 1.
Dillon Smith (32) makes for the basket during Leesville Road's game at Panther Creek Monday.
pounces on Pride
Following Monday night's 68-55 loss at Panther Creek, Leesville Road boys basketball coach Roderic Brewington said he can see the type of team he wants on the floor — just not enough of it.
For the second consecutive game — and loss — the Pride (1-2) have battled back late from an early disadvantage with an aggressive style Brewington is looking for, but the push has been too late to erase a double-digit deficit.
The coach points out, for the Pride to be successful, the squad needs to put forth a complete-game effort.
"We have to do a better job of creating urgency," Brewington explained. "Two games in a row we were most urgent in the fourth, and at the start of the game today, I told them 'Let's be urgent in the first quarter.'
"It is something we have to work on a little bit. We have to be a little more physical, a little tougher, a little meaner."
Leesville's Quinton Marshall (left) scored eight points in Tuesday's game against Green Hope.
Pride comeback falls short17-3 rally pulls Leesville Road
back into contest late
Midway through the fourth quarter of Tuesday's contest with Green Hope, the Leesville Road boys basketball team didn't appear on the verge of a remarkable comeback.
Trailing the Falcons by 15 points — Green Hope held a double-digit lead much of the game — the Pride just didn't look to have a turnaround in them.
But Grayson Hawkins three-pointer with five minutes to play was matched by Quinton Marshall one possession later, igniting a 17-3 rally which burned until the final seconds of the game.
Unfortunately for the Pride, the deficit was too much to overcome as Green Hope prevailed 70-66.
VIDEO: Pride comeback falls short against Falcons
Trailing Green Hope by 15 points early in the fourth quarter, the Leesville Road boys basketball team rallied to within one point before falling 70-66 Tuesday, Nov. 24. For highlights of the action, click on the video above. (If video doesn't load, follow this link.)
GALLERY: Pride basketball
Here are a few images we captured from the Leesville Road boys basketball team's match-up with Green Hope Tuesday, Nov. 24.