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Chargers fast out of gates, hold off Eagles

Powell paces four Chargers in double figures with 19

BY DUCK DUCKSON
Posted 12/14/18

Putting four starters in double figures, Northwood built as much as a 14-point third-quarter advantage before withstanding a late Western Harnett rally to hold off the Eagles 57-52 in non-conference …

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Chargers fast out of gates, hold off Eagles

Powell paces four Chargers in double figures with 19

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Putting four starters in double figures, Northwood built as much as a 14-point third-quarter advantage before withstanding a late Western Harnett rally to hold off the Eagles 57-52 in non-conference action Tuesday evening in Lewis Norwood Gymnasium.

With the victory the Chargers raised their season record to 2-1, whereas Western Harnett stumbled to 1-4 overall.

Deuce Powell led the way for Northwood with 19 points, Aaron Ross and Alex Snively chipped in 12 apiece while Jalen McAfee added 10. The Chargers shot 48% (24-of-50) from the floor and held a 27-25 edge on the glass while turning the ball over 16 times.

Tre’ Richardson topped the Eagles with 18 points and Anthony Brewington registered 15 as Western Harnett connected on 49% (18-of-37) of its field goal attempts while committing 22 turnovers.

After forging a pair of ties in the first three minutes of play, Richardson’s trey from the right wing sparked an 8-5 quarter-ending run that gave the visitors from Lillington a 14-11 advantage at the end of the initial period.

Northwood eventually reclaimed the lead for good at 20-18 following a Ross layup with 3:02 left in the second frame, and after the Chargers went up 28-22 on Powell’s conventional three-point play with 1:04 remaining in the stanza, the Eagles used a Tobias Dillard dunk and Wesley Lassiter’s put-back in the paint to draw within two with 23.8 seconds left in the first half.

But Northwood would extend its advantage to 31-26 at halftime when Snively buried a three-pointer from the right side as the horn sounded.

The Chargers seized their biggest lead of the night at 44-30 on Powell’s jumper in the lane with 2:59 to go in the third quarter before back-to-back Richardson and Tay Davis treys trimmed the margin to eight heading into the fourth period.

With Richardson pumping in 10 of his points in the final stanza, Western Harnett battled back to close within 54-52 on a pair free throws by the senior guard with 2:21 showing on the clock, but the Eagles were held scoreless the rest of the way while Northwood would seal its triumph with a McAfee foul shot and a Snively layup in the time remaining.

WH 14 12 10 16 – 52
NW 11 22 11 13 – 57

Western Harnett (1-4) – Brewington 6 0-0 15 Jones 1 3-5 5 Dillard 3 2-2 8 Harper 0 1-2 1 Richardson 6 3-7 18 Davis 1 0-0 3 Smith 0 0-0 0 Lassiter 1 0-0 2 McLean 0 0-0 0 Rankin 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-16 52.
Northwood (2-1) – Powell 8 3-9 19 Thompson 1 0-0 2 McAfee 4 2-7 10 Ross 6 0-0 12 Snively 4 2-6 12 Omar 0 0-1 0 Brower 0 0-0 0 Arnold 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 7-23 57.
Halftime-Northwood, 32-26. Three-point goals-Western Harnett 7-16 (Brewington 3-3, Richardson 3-6, Davis 1-1, Rankin 0-1, Harper 0-1, Dillard 0-1, Lassiter 0-3); Northwood 2-7 (Snively 2-4, Powell 0-1, Omar 0-2). Fouled out-Brewington, Davis, Richardson. Technical foul-Brewington, Davis. Rebounds-Western Harnett 25 (Brewington 6); Northwood 27 (Powell, McAfee 8). Turnovers-Western Harnett 22; Northwood 16. Total fouls-Western Harnett 23; Northwood 15.

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