Mountain Lions drop 89-40 loss to Corbin in opener
Published 10:41 am Thursday, November 30, 2017
Pineville couldn’t have picked a tougher opponent for their season opener on Tuesday. The Mountain Lions went into enemy territory to square off against 13th Region beast Corbin. The Redhounds used a 34-point lead at the half to ease their way to an 89-40 victory.
Pineville went deep into their bench playing 10 players total throughout the game. Josh Lawson led the effort scoring seven points in an off shooting night for the senior guard. Jonathan Simpson ended with six points, while Marcus Estep and Braxton Caldwell added five points apiece to the final tally.
Simpson led the team in rebounds with five. Clay Goodin hauled in four boards on the night.
Corbin’s Andrew Taylor lead all scorers during the game with 28 points.
The end of the game was clear halfway through the first quarter. A 3-pointer and a pair of baskets by Taylor allowed Corbin to pull away to a 21-9 lead. That lead ballooned to 34-9 heading into the second quarter.
By the time halftime rolled around, the Redhounds had pulled away to a 57-23 lead. Pineville was able to score 17 points in the second half, but the Corbin lead was too much as the Redhounds walked away with a 49-point victory.
Pineville (0-1) hit the road on Thursday to square off against Oneida Baptist Institute (1-0). The Mountain Lions will host their home opener on Tuesday against Thomas Walker, Virginia.
Corbin (1-0) will battle Lexington Christian on Saturday in the Nissan Classic.
Pineville (40): Josh Lawson 7, Jonathan Simpson 6, Chris Saylor 4, Marcus Estep 5, Braxton Caldwell 5, Ben Goodin 4, Clay Goodin 4, Brendan King 2, Landon Couch 2, Dillon Asher 1.
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