Kinston advances to ECI semifinals

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.



Kinston’s Will London goes up for a basket against Wilmington Laney Saturday. Photo by William ‘Bud’ Hardy / Neuse News

Kinston’s Will London goes up for a basket against Wilmington Laney Saturday. Photo by William ‘Bud’ Hardy / Neuse News

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.

Kinston’s Isaac Parson directs the offense during Saturday’s game against Wilmington Laney. Photo by William ‘Bud’ Hardy / Neuse News

Kinston’s Isaac Parson directs the offense during Saturday’s game against Wilmington Laney. Photo by William ‘Bud’ Hardy / Neuse News

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