Top-seeded Kinston had to fight off fourth-seeded North Lenoir en route to a 61-57 win on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina Conference boys' basketball tournament at Kinston High.

And despite the absence of leading scorer Damian Dunn, who was ill, the Vikings made enough free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off the Hawks and advance to Friday’s final.

Kinston (19-4) plays second-seeded Greene Central in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. at Ayden-Grifton. The teams shared the ECC regular-season crown. The winner Friday earns the league’s top seed for next week’s NCHSAA playoffs.

The pairings are scheduled to be released Saturday.

Kinston was 8 of 16 from the free throw line in the final eight minutes. The Vikings also had two field goals in the fourth period.

Reginald Clark scored 11 points, including 9 in the second half, while Isaac Parson added 10 points for the Vikings. Taji Moore and Judah McBynum each had 8 points for Kinston.

Quan Barnes scored 19 points for the Hawks (13-11). He had 11 in the second half. De’Shawn Kee added 10 for North Lenoir, which outscored Kinston 19 to 12 in the fourth quarter.

 

Greene Central 84, West Craven 41: Imajae Dodd scored 25 points to lead second-seeded Greene Central to a win over third-seeded West Craven on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina Conference tournament at Greene Central.

Dodd had 14 second-half points as the Rams (21-5) pulled away to earn a spot in Friday’s championship game against top-seeded Kinston at 7:30 p.m. at Ayden-Grifton.

The two teams shared the regular-season title.

Donte Johnson added 11 points while Torrence Clark and Tyquan Williams added 10 for Greene Central.

West Craven fell to 12-11.

 

Girls Basketball

Kinston 52, North Lenoir 34: Danielle Heath scored 17 points while Tallyah Jones added 11 as top-seeded Kinston defeated fourth-seeded North Lenoir on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina Conference tournament at Kinston.

The Vikings (24-1) play third-seeded Washington on Friday at 6 p.m., at Ayden-Grifton in the final. Kinston has now won 24 consecutive games.

Heath scored 10 of her points in the first half while Jones had 8 in the second quarter to help the Vikings hold a 20-20 lead at halftime.

North Lenoir fell to 10-14. Maurita Goodell led the Hawks with 10 points.

 

Washington 48, South Lenoir 46: Second-seeded South Lenoir fell to third-seeded Washington on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina Conference tournament at Greene Central.

The Blue Devils fell to 18-7 and wait for the release of the NCHSAA playoff brackets on Saturday. The Pam Pack (14-11) play top-seeded Kinston on Friday at 6 p.m., at Ayden-Grifton in the final. Washington and South Lenoir tied for second in the regular season, but the Pam Pack will be the league's second seed for the playoffs.

Hunter West led South Lenoir with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks while Destiny Hall added 8 points.