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Firebirds handle Beddingfield for 3rd place

Posted on January 2, 2022

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Beddingfield’s Ty’sean Speight (4) fires a pass as Southern Nash junior Landen Baker defends during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise

Beddingfield’s Ty’sean Speight (4) fires a pass as Southern Nash junior Landen Baker defends during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (20) puts up a shot over Beddingfield’s Jhymier Newsome (34) and Taevon Edwards (3) as Firebirds junior Landen Baker looks on during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (20) puts up a shot over Beddingfield’s Jhymier Newsome (34) and Taevon Edwards (3) as Firebirds junior Landen Baker looks on during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Southern Nash’s Jordan Vick elevates on a dunk attempt amid Beddingfield defenders, from left, Isaac Pettaway, Taevon Edwards and Jhy’Mier Newsome (34) during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash’s Jordan Vick elevates on a dunk attempt amid Beddingfield defenders, from left, Isaac Pettaway, Taevon Edwards and Jhy’Mier Newsome (34) during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Beddingfield’s Ty’sean Speight (4) fires a pass as Southern Nash junior Landen Baker defends during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise

Beddingfield’s Ty’sean Speight (4) fires a pass as Southern Nash junior Landen Baker defends during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (20) puts up a shot over Beddingfield’s Jhymier Newsome (34) and Taevon Edwards (3) as Firebirds junior Landen Baker looks on during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Sheldon Vick | Special to The Enterprise

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (20) puts up a shot over Beddingfield’s Jhymier Newsome (34) and Taevon Edwards (3) as Firebirds junior Landen Baker looks on during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (20) puts up a shot over Beddingfield’s Jhymier Newsome (34) and Taevon Edwards (3) as Firebirds junior Landen Baker looks on during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.
Southern Nash’s Jordan Vick elevates on a dunk attempt amid Beddingfield defenders, from left, Isaac Pettaway, Taevon Edwards and Jhy’Mier Newsome (34) during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.
Beddingfield’s Ty’sean Speight (4) fires a pass as Southern Nash junior Landen Baker defends during Thursday’s Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament boys third-place game at Hunt.

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WILSON — After a disappointing loss to Hunt High in its semifinal matchup of the 2021 Farris & Thomas Holiday Tournament, the Southern Nash boys basketball team bounced back against Beddingfield on Thursday night, taking third place in the boys bracket with a 69-55 win.

Jordan Vick and T.J. Taybron led the Firebirds (8-2) with 13 points apiece while Taevon Edwards led the Bruins (1-9) with 16.

“We played a little bit better,” said Southern Nash head coach Robbie Kennedy. “We shot the ball a little bit better. I thought Von Witt, Sammy Gandy and Leo Jones came in, attacked the gaps and got us some layups. They played well off the bench. I thought Trey Mitchell played really well. Our thing is we’re going to see a lot of zone. We’ve just got to figure out how to attack it better. We were able to get in transition. That’s how we’ve got to play.”

Southern Nash bounced back from its Dec. 28 loss to Hunt with a performance that will inspire plenty of confidence going into conference play.

“We just played as a team,” Vick said. “A couple things happened on the side and we just blocked that out. We played through it. In the first half, we did alright, but in the second half, we definitely came out with a bang.”

The game was close for most of the first half, but the Firebirds took a 34-24 lead into halftime before taking full control after the break.

“We fouled a lot in the first half,” Kennedy said. “I think we sent them to the free-throw line 13 times in the first half. We didn’t play really good defense. At the end of the first, we played a little half-court trap, got some steals. In the second half, we played better defense, didn’t foul as much and then we went to the basket.”

The Firebirds will return to action with a home 2-A/3-A Big East Conference tilt with Bunn on Tuesday, while Beddingfield will host Ayden-Grifton on Wednesday.

SOUTHERN NASH (69)

Jo. Vick 13, Taybron 13, Mitchell 11, Baker 7, Jones 5, Alford 5, Ja. Vick 4, Gandy 3, Hall 3, Copeland 3, Witt 2.

BEDDINGFIELD (45)

Edwards 16, Speight 8, Lucas 8, Barrett 5, Pender 5, Pettaway 3.

Score by quarters:

SN 18 16 17 18 69

Bedd. 13 11 14 7 45

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