The varsity boys and girls teams from North Duplin tested themselves in the Duplin County Christmas Tournament this past week. Neither team has gotten off to a hot start as they only have two wins combined.
In the lone game of the week for the ladies, the Rebels played host to East Duplin on Dec. 26. East Duplin jumped on the Lady Rebels early on outscoring North Duplin 23-2 in the first quarter. The fireworks continued for East Duplin as they outscored North Duplin 31-9 over the remaining three quarters, including holding the Rebels scoreless in the third quarter.
The final score was 54-11, leaving North Duplin looking for its first win since Dec. 10.
Jackie Funez led the Rebels with 5 points, Jamilyn Wallace had 4 and Morgan McCoy had 2.
The boys also opened up their Christmas Tournament play against East Duplin. The story so far for the Rebels has been their inability to get consistent scoring on offense to make up for their lack of getting stops on defense and in their first Christmas Tournament game, the story was the same. East Duplin grabbed hold of a 17-7 lead in the first quarter.
A 10-point deficit to a talented team isn’t much of a problem unless you allow that team to make a run. North Duplin scored 20 points in the second quarter, but gave up 32 allowing East Duplin to go into halftime with a 49-27 lead. East Duplin scored no less than 17 points in either of the final two quarters and gave up only more than 12 points in the fourth quarter, handing North Duplin its sixth loss of the season with a 91-52 victory.
The difference in the game was that North Duplin had seven players to score the ball and East Duplin had 14 players who scored. Three of East Duplin’s players scored more than 10 points apiece. DJ Simmons and Christian Powell had tremendous games for North Duplin with Simmons scoring 18 and Powell scoring 16. Eli Morrisey and Caden Dail both finished with 6 points.
In the following game, the Rebels faced off against the Tigers of James Kenan, a team that has already beaten North Duplin twice this season. It was a close matchup from the tip between the Tigers and Rebels. At the end of the first quarter, one point was the difference in the contest with North Duplin holding the lead. The Tigers began to separate themselves in the next two quarters, outscoring North Duplin 42-26. Heading into the fourth quarter down 58-43, North Duplin dropped 18 points in the fourth alone to make a comeback, but James Kenan scored just enough to stop the comeback attempt from happening as the Tigers handed North Duplin its seventh loss of the season in a 66-61 defeat.
Simmons and Powell both once again had outstanding games for the Rebels as Simmons finished with 23 and Powell finished with 20. Tyler Schoolcraft finished with 8 points.
North Duplin’s next piece of action will be a game on the road on Jan. 6 at Neuse Charter.