Northern comes up short against Wayne Country Day

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 06:11 PM

Northern Vance’s leading scorer Tavin Moore scored each of his 12 points Thursday in the first quarter. The senior point guard suffered an injury in the opening period and sat out the remainder of the game against Wayne Country Day.

The Vikings cut a second-half Charger lead of 16 points in half in the fourth quarter but didn’t draw any closer.

“We were knocking on the door,” said Northern head coach Wilton Baskett. “We just didn’t have enough firepower.”

Northern’s 55-45 loss means the Vikings (4-5) meet Raleigh Athens Drive (0-10) Friday at 9:30 a.m. on day two of the three-day South Granville Holiday Invitational. The Jaguars lost to Village Christian Academy (9-4) of Fayetteville on Thursday.

Wayne Country Day (12-4) led Northern 33-21 at halftime and 47-33 entering the final period.

Northern’s Tommie Reed scored on a put-back inside before knocking down a pair of free throws to narrow the lead to 49-41 with 4:29 to play in the game.

Reed finished with 10 points off the Vikings’ bench. Moore was the only other Northern player who scored in double figures.

Tim Buchan scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter to give the Vikings another lift off the bench. Northern’s reserves outscored Wayne Country Day’s 27-8.

The Chargers’ offensive attack was centered around Lee Atkinson, Joel Davis and Marlon Coley. The trio combined for 46 points, led by Davis’ 16.

Davis threw down an Atkinson lob pass with two hands to open the scoring in the second half as Wayne Country Day started to pull away.

The Chargers knocked down five of their seven 3-pointers in the first quarter as the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association team took a 19-14 lead into the second.

The fourth annual South Granville tournament features 16 boys teams competing in two separate brackets. The field consists of 10 public high schools, five private schools and an Australian club team.

In addition to Wayne Country Day, Village Christian and Athens Drive, Northern’s bracket also includes South Granville, Neuse Christian Academy of Raleigh, Wake Forest Heritage, and Dominion High School of Sterling, Va.

The other bracket features Greenfield of Wilson, Raleigh Leesville Road, Raleigh Enloe, Cary Green Hope, Southern Durham, Durham Jordan, Ravenscroft of Raleigh, and the Australian side.

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