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Prep basketball: Salisbury boys open season with wild 2OT win

Salisbury tops Thomasville in double overtime

Wayne Hinshaw/for the Salisbury Post …
Salisbury’s Trell Baker (4) drives to the basket against Thomasville’s Cameron Whiteside (12), during Tuesday night’s game. Baker scored 25 points as the Hornets won in double overtime, 91-86.

By Mike London
mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Oshaun Robinson’s shot in the lane as time expired in the first overtime spun in and out, and he briefly dropped his head.

But Robinson came back with the game-sealing play in the second overtime, a steal and layup combination that clinched the Hornets’ zany, 91-86 win against visiting Thomasville that was frequently a festival of fouls.

“I’m a senior, and I needed to show some leadership,” Robinson said. “I had to show up and play, and one way or another, we had to find a way to win.”

There were 29 whistles before halftime in the Central Carolina Conference opener for both teams, but a lot of those parades to the foul line ended fruitlessly for both teams — with clanging free throws.

Thomasville standout Cameron Whiteside poured in 29 points. He was tough for the Hornets to keep off the glass. Nydrick Jenkins added 21.

Salisbury got 25 points from lighting-quick senior guard Trell Baker, mostly attacking the rim. Robinson slashed for a career-best 19 and much-improved post man Bill Fisher contributed 17 despite a constant duel with foul trouble.

Fisher laid in three early buckets and was Salisbury’s most consistent source of offense, but he had two fouls after three minutes and was saddled with three personals by halftime. Coach Bryan Withers’ Hornets managed a 39-33 lead at the break.

Fisher’s fourth foul came contesting a drive by  Jenkins with 2:13 left in the third quarter. He sat down again, and the Hornets held a precarious 56-54 lead after three.

Coach James Atkinson’s Thomasville club pushed ahead by six points and appeared to have the game under control late in regulation, but Baker calmly stroked a 3-pointer from the left wing with 31.8 seconds left to slice the Bulldogs’ lead in half. A steal and layup by Cameron Gill and a free throw by Gill that followed a wild, physical scramble in the lane, got the Hornets even at 74-all. Salisbury missed two shots in the lane that could’ve won it, and the teams headed to overtime.

Baker scored at the outset of that first overtime for a 76-74 lead, but the Hornets didn’t score again.

Fisher had the ball in the paint and offered multiple post moves, but he missed his shot and then got his fifth foul fighting for the rebound.

Whiteside’s free throws accounted for the only Thomasville points in the first overtime. Robinson missed his gliding, banking opportunity at the end, and the teams headed for a second OT period.

Baker hit another 3-pointer early in the second overtime, but Thomasville fought back to tie at 82-all.

Elijah Moss’ spinning shot in the lane with 1:05 left put the Hornets up 84-82, and this time they would hold the lead. Baker’s driving three-point play with 41 seconds left put the Hornets out front, 87-83.

Thomasville got back within 88-86 with a pair of free throws by Justin Cunningham with 25 seconds left.

Baker made a free throw for 89-86 with 17 ticks remaining.

Thomasville could’ve forced yet another overtime with a 3-pointer, but with 10 seconds left, Robinson darted in for his steal in the backcourt. His finish at the rim finished the Bulldogs.

“We just had to keep playing no matter what,” Salisbury veteran JaQuan Davis said. “We stayed together. We worked hard and we beat a really good team.”

 

Salisbury 91, Thomasville 86 (2OT)

THOMASVILLE (86)

Whiteside 29, N. Jenkins 21, Ju. Cunningham 14, Breaux 6, T. Jenkins 4, Ja. Cunningham 4, Williams 3, Barnes 3, Rafford 2.

SALISBURY (91)

Baker 25, Robinson 19, Fisher 17, Moss 8, Russell 7, Gill 6, Sloan 5, J. Davis 4, Carlton, Canon, Rogers.

Thomasville        15   18   21   20  2   10  —   86

Salisbury            17   22   17   18    2    15  —  91

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