Vikings win tourney

Published 6:43 pm Saturday, February 18, 2012

Members of the Plymouth boys’ basketball team and its coaching staff pose for a picture after beating Camden 64-48 in the Four Rivers Conference tournament championship game Friday at South Creek High School. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

ROBERSONVILLE — A strong second half put the finishing touches on a solid first half and catapulted Plymouth to a 64-48 victory over Camden in the Four Rivers Conference championship game on Friday at South Creek High School.
With the win, the No. 1-seeded Vikings (18-4) earned the regular season and tournament conference title and expect to have a No. 1 seed in the East when the NCHSAA 1-A state playoffs begin.
“It means a lot for our program and I thank God for our coaching staff and our players,” Plymouth coach Marvin Davenport said. “They’ve been working hard since November.”
Guard Carl McCray was spectacular once again as he scored a team-high 20 points while Kendrick Pitt added 13 for Plymouth.
“Both of those young men are leaders for us both on the floor and off it,” Davenport said.
The Vikings jumped out to a 15-10 first quarter advantage but the No. 2 Bruins bounced back in the second quarter and trailed by a slim 28-26 margin at halftime.
In the third quarter Plymouth put the game away as it went on a 16-7 run that ended with it being ahead 44-34 going into the fourth.
“We gave up a lot of loose balls in the first half and we went after those in the second,” Davenport said. “As the game went on we kept the pressure on and just played our game.”
Overall, the Vikings had eight players score points for them and Davenport said having multiple scoring threats was key.
“At this time of the year we have a lot of guys stepping up,” Davenport said. “It’s not just five or six guys, I got about seven or eight guys that can score and that help us beat a really good team.”

Camden    10    16    7    15    –    48
Plymouth    15    13    16    20    –    64
Bruins (48)
Shaquille Joyner 19, Brett Forbes 26, McCoy 3.
Vikings (64)
Carl McCray 20, Adrian 8, Sheppard 9, Kendrick Pitt 13, Hill 6, Rogerson 2, Holloway 4, Spruill 2.