No one seemed to have been as affected by the snow cancellations this school year as the Northumberland boys varsity basketball team. But after suffering through a miserable losing spell that included four straight losses the week before last, the Indians rebounded last Tuesday night with a 48-35 victory over their rivals in Lancaster. Their victory came in their last regular season game before the Conference 43 tournament this week.
In a nearly opposite version of the last meeting between the two teams, Northumberland took an 11-6 first period lead. But they couldn’t hold it as the Red Devils roared back to close the gap to a three-point advantage in favor of the Indians, 22-19, by half time.
“We lost our focus by half time,” said Coach Michael Stevenson, who then used the break to remind the players of that very fact.
It worked. The Indians stormed out to a 36-26 lead to end the third quarter. Malik Brown, from off the bench, had the game of his career, hitting four three-pointers to lead the Indians scoring attack with 12 points. Elvin Cottrell hit for nine more. Tevin Carter led in rebounding with nine points, Wesley Jackson and Dashaud Murphy both had two assists. Hakeem Shabazz and Jackson had four steals each and Murphy clocked three shots. Lancaster was led in scoring by RayQuawn Ball with 17 points and Davante Stewart with 11 points.