Red Hawks eliminate Lancers, advance to quarterfinals

Red Hawks eliminate Lancers, advance to quarterfinals

HICKORY, N.C. — The fourth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team advanced in the Region 10/South Atlantic District tournament on Saturday with an 84-61 victory against No. 9 Lenoir at the Tarlton Complex.

Guards Donovan Evans and Darien Wynn led the Red Hawks (12-6) with 13 points each in the victory, while forward E.J. Thomas added 12 points.

CVCC took a 38-21 lead at halftime paced by a balanced scoring effort, including eight points from Thomas, six points each from Derrick Molden and Charles Bryson and five points from Tony Hauser.

The Red Hawks outscored the Lancers 46-40 during the second half, making seven 3-pointers, including four from Evans, to pull away for the first-round tournament win.

Fourth-seeded Catawba Valley advances to face No. 3 seed Louisburg (11-5) in Tuesday's quarterfinal round.

The Red Hawks will be seeking their first win against the Hurricanes this season after losing both games during the regular season, including a 81-70 defeat at Louisburg on March 8 and a 82-69 loss in Hickory on March 13.

Tip off for Tuesday's tournament quarterfinal game is set for 6 p.m. at the Roger Taylor Center.