Kinston advances to ECI semifinals
Kinston’s Dontrez Styles throws one down against West Carteret Saturday in the East Coast Invitational. Photo by William ‘Bud’ Hardy / Neuse News
JACKSONVILLE — Kinston may have been down a bit Saturday, but the Vikings are far from out.
Kinston is heading to the East Coast Invitational semifinals after going 5-1 in pool play and winning a pair of contests in the brackets. As a result, the Vikings face Richmond at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Jacksonville Commons Rec Center.
After steamrolling its first five opponents by 17 points or more Thursday and Friday, Kinston stumbled in a 63-60 loss to West Carteret. The Vikings rebounded with a 57-39 victory over Wilmington Laney to grab the second seed in its pool and qualify for the tournament bracket, composed of 16 teams. There, the Vikings blew out East Duplin 67-46 before taking out the defending NCISAA 1A state champions in Wilson Greenfield 76-60 after a late surge.
Sunday’s game will be broadcasted at youtube.com/hoopstatenetwork.