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BARBOURVILLE — A poor first half proved to be disastrous for the Pineville Mountain Lions on Monday at the 13th Region All “A” Tournament. The Lions cut a 16-point halftime deficit all the way down to three points, but Oneida Baptist pulled away late at the free throw line to eliminate Pineville by a final of 59-48.

“That was a tough hole to dig out of, but we came out in the second half and gave a lot of effort and got ourselves back into it,” Strange said. “We had some chances but didn’t make the shots we needed to at the end. We just put ourselves in too big of a hole early.”

Senior guard Samuel Robinson went 5-of-11 from 3-point range and hit 9 of 11 free throws on his way to 30 points to lead the Mountaineers. D.K. Kiawu added 12 points and eight rebounds while Jonathan Osom chipped in with eight points and Daniel Decker seven.

The Lions were led by Isaac Longworth’s 17 points while Cody Collett finished with 14 and Dalton Ledbetter scored eight to go along with 12 rebounds.

Things started off just fine for Pineville as they hit three of their first five shots — 3-pointers from Collett, Ledbetter and John Robbins — to take a 9-5 lead with just under 5:00 left in the first quarter. OBI answered with a Robinson trey and Kiawu hit a pair of free throws after coming up with a steal to put the Mountaineers in front to stay at 10-9 midway through the first period.

Oneida was being very aggressive out of a 3-2 zone and looking to trap the ball anytime it got into the corners or out on the wings. From there the Lions would miss their final six shots of the quarter and then go 1-for-8 in the second period with ten turnovers as OBI pulled away. Pineville’s only basket of the second was a 3 by Longworth that made it 16-12 with 4:05 left in the half.

“The first half was really bad. Oneida did a great job with their defense and pushed us way out on the floor,” Strange said. “We were extremely passive and I think that was the biggest difference in the half. We weren’t attacking at all and then we let the Robinson kid get loose on us.”

Robinson hit a 3, converted a three-point play and tacked on two more free throws as OBI closed the second quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 28-12 halftime lead.

Pineville didn’t lay down. They came out with full-court pressure to start the third quarter and forced six quick turnovers. The Lions got a basket from Robbins, a putback from Ledbetter and a Conner Ford steal led to a Longworth layup before Ford scored inside to cut the lead to 28-20 by the 4:52 mark of the third quarter.

Ledbetter scored six points in the period and Collett hit a 3-pointer and it was 38-28 going into the fourth.

Robinson seemed to answer every time the Lions threatened to get closer than eight until Longworth scored, then came away with a steal and hit one free throw. Another Longworth steal led to an intentional foul and Collett hit both free throws to bring Pineville within 45-40 with 4:40 to play.

A three-point play from Kiawu extended the OBI lead to back to eight. But a trey from Collett followed by a Longworth basket brought the Lions within three and Collett’s jumper made the score 51-48 with 2:08 remaining.

Robbins came up with a steal and Pineville had a chance to get even closer when Ford was fouled after grabbing an offensive rebound with 1:35 on the clock.

The Lions had to use a lot of energy to cut those 13 points off the lead and fatigue may have been a factor late as Ford missed both free throws. Collett also missed two free throws and Pineville went 0-for-4 on 3s over the final minute and change.

Meanwhile, the Mountaineers went 8-for-10 from the free throw line down the stretch as they went on to win by eleven.

Oneida Baptist (2-9) advances to play host Barbourville in Thursday’s 6 p.m. semifinal. The Tigers got past Harlan 55-53 in Monday’s late game.

Pineville (6-10) returns to action on Saturday at North Laurel at 1 p.m.

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Pineville 9 3 16 20 48
Oneida Baptist 12 16 10 21 59

PINEVILLE (48) — Isaac Longworth 17, Cody Collett 14, Dalton Ledbetter 8, John Robbins 5,Conner Ford 2, Scotty Hoskins 0, Will Adams 0, Tucker Woolum 0, John Sproles 0, Keith Sexton 2, Jacob Shackleford 0.

ONEIDA BAPTIST (59) — Samuel Robinson 30, Jonathan Osom 8, DK Kiawu 12, Daniel Decker 7, Darryn Tagune 2, Alex Quarshie 0, AJ Shackleford 0, Kaylob Harrell 0, McKevin King 0.

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