Laney sweeps Mideastern Conference Basketball Tournament

The finals of the Mideastern Conference Basketball Tournament were held at Brunswick Community College on Friday. Laney became the first team to win both titles since Hoggard in 2016.

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BOYS: No. 2 Laney 46, No. 1 Hoggard 43

For the second time this season, the Buccaneers snapped a streak that had lasted more than a decade.

Senior Sherod Sidbury hit what turned out to be the game-winning jumper from the left baseline with 4:33 left in the game and Laney claimed its first MEC Tournament title since 2000.

This jumper from Laney’s Sherod Sidbury turned out to be the game-winning shot. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Earlier in the season, the Buccaneers snapped a 39-game losing streak to New Hanover. On Friday, they became the first team other than Hoggard or New Hanover to claim the tournament title since Jacksonville defeated White Oak in 2002.

“As a coach it’s fun to get up and go to work when you’ve got a good group of guys who come and practice hard everyday,” Laney coach Eric Davis said. “Even if they were tired, they gave me what I needed.

“It was a total team and as a coach that’s what you want. You want your guys to get along with each other.”

Laney (22-4), which is ineligible for the upcoming 4A playoffs, didn’t get off to an ideal start in the rubber match between the teams. They found themselves down 13-0 midway through the opening half and 18-2 after Devin Corbett made a layup with 1:19 left in the opening quarter.

Jackson Massey scored seven of his nine points in the final three minutes of the second quarter to help give the Vikings (20-7) a 34-20 halftime lead.

The intermission was not beneficial for Hoggard, which managed to only score nine points over the final 16 minutes. Their only points of the fourth quarter came on a Kris Gibbs layup with 5:29 to play that put them up 43-41.

Justin Clayton tied the game on the ensuing possession before Sidbury hit his step-back jumper to give Laney its first lead.

“We never lost confidence, but we definitely made corrections like stepping up on defense and actually doing the things we were taught,” Sidbury said.

Cameron Blanks led Hoggard with 11 points. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

The only point scored over the final 12 possessions of the game came from Laney’s Reece Edwards on a free throw with 26 seconds on the clock.

Clayton ignited a 19-point third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers. He finished with a game-high 11 points. Jahi Flowers and Lawrence Newkirk each added eight points and Edwards scored seven.

“Being able to make those shots started the tempo for our team and got the energy up,” Clayton said. “We started pushing the ball and scoring on offense and then getting back and locking up on defense.”

After shooting 55 percent (12 of 22) in the opening half, the Viking managed to only make 4 of 18 shots in the second half. They also turned the ball over 11 times over the final 16 minutes.

Cameron Blanks led Hoggard with 11 points, while Gibbs had 10. The Vikings will find out their playoff seed on Saturday.

GIRLS: No. 1 Laney 37, No. 2 Hoggard 24

The Buccaneers completed a perfect run through the Mideastern Conference regular season and tournament with a fourth victory over their rival to claim their second consecutive tournament title.

They did it with an another stellar defensive performance. In three tournament victories, opponents averaged 19 points against Laney (26-1).

Saniya Rivers and Laney claimed their second straight MEC Tournament title. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

“We know each other so well, so it was just a matter of execution and it was matter of buying into the game plan,” Laney coach Ashley Berting said.

Scoring was tough to come back early on as neither team made a field goal in the game’s opening four minutes. The Buccaneers finally started finding some rhythm and led 10-0 after the opening quarter.

Hoggard (20-7) showed fight, cutting an 11-point deficit to six at halftime. Unfortunately, the Vikings couldn’t string together consecutive scoring possessions in the second half. They finished the game shooting 20 percent (8 of 41) from the field.

“Our focus is always on the defensive end because that is one thing we can control day in and day out,” Berting said.

An 8-0 run to open the second half, which was capped by a jumper from Taylor Chism, all but sealed the victory.

Laney was led in scoring by sophomore Saniya Rivers, who finished with 10 points. Regan Stewart added eight points and Emma Malott had seven.

Icess Tresvik had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Hoggard. Ellison Louthan finished with 15 rebounds.

Both teams will find out their playoff seeds Saturday.

Mideastern Conference Tournament Championship Scores

(Since 2000)

BOYS

2019: Laney 46, Hoggard 43

2018: New Hanover 58, South Brunswick 38

2017: New Hanover 64, Ashley 46

2016: Hoggard 60, New Hanover 57

2015: Hoggard 75, West Brunswick 66

2014: New Hanover 62, West Brunswick 55

2013: New Hanover 48, Hoggard 47

2012: New Hanover 74, Hoggard 43

2011: Hoggard 56, New Hanover 53

2010: New Hanover 49, Hoggard 42

2009: Hoggard 57, Jacksonville 47

2008: New Hanover 75, Jacksonville 55

2007: New Hanover 58, Hoggard 45

2006: New Hanover 64, White Oak 42

2005: New Hanover 53, Hoggard 48

2004: New Hanover 74, Jacksonville 54

2003: New Hanover 46, Hoggard 41

2002: Jacksonville 54, White Oak 47

2001: Hoggard 65, Jacksonville

2000: Laney 61, Hoggard 53

GIRLS

2019: Laney 37, Hoggard 24

2018: Laney 55, Hoggard 39

2017: Hoggard 53, New Hanover 47

2016: Hoggard 49, New Hanover 35

2015: Hoggard 56, Ashley 45

2014: New Hanover 56, Ashley 47

2013: Laney 50, Ashley 45

2012: Ashley 35, Laney 31

2011: Laney 36, Ashley 21

2010: Ashley 53, Hoggard 45

2009: Hoggard 39, Laney 37

2008: Hoggard 50, Laney 32

2007: Laney 52, Ashley 34

2006: Laney 47, New Hanover 37

2005: Laney 45, Hoggard 40

2004: Laney 27, Ashley 22

2003: Laney 61, Ashley 52

2002: Hoggard 62, White Oak 50

2001: Hoggard 48, Eastern Wayne 40

2000: Hoggard 56, West Carteret 23