On Tuesday night, Mitchell was on the bench, yelling for four straight quarters for his team to be more aggressive and attack Shepherd’s 1-3-1 defense. “It gave us problems, I was kind of nervous about it,” said Mitchell.
The Raiders only scored seven points in that opening period, but for the most part they kept the game in reach until the final two minutes of the game before the Pirates pulled away 55-43 to advance. “We weren’t tough enough in the first quarter we can’t wait until the last seconds to get tougher, it’s only a 32 minute game,” added Mitchell.
Sophomore Brock McClure scored 16 points, ten in the fourth quarter. McClure lead the team in scoring but numerous second chances, put backs, layups went to waste for the Raiders.
Shepherd's Chayce Jimmerson had 18 points off the bench to lead all scorers.
Lumberton won 21 games, made its second trip to the playoffs, and continued the uphill climb as a complete basketball program. Mitchell summed up the season just before addressing his four seniors in private after the bi-district loss: “This has been a great season, coming back home and coaching these kids and making history, but we better be here next year, no excuses.”