Mainland High School boys basketball team now even 7-7 for season
Mainland Buccaneers boys basketball team got swarmed by the Leesburg Yellow Jackets in a tight game, losing 66-60 Friday, Jan. 15, at Mainland's Vince Carter Athletic Center.
Both teams stalled at single digits in the first quarter resulting in a Yellow Jackets 6-2 lead. They quickened the pace heading into the second quarter breaking for halftime with Leesburg maintaining their lead at 27-19. Buccaneer Jalen Willis and Yellow Jacket Camerin James each topped the scoreboard for their teams at the half with 11 and 14 points, respectively.
Leesburg's Justice Robinson gave Mainland two bonus free throws in the third quarter due to a technical foul involving Buccaneer DeAndre Newland, who hobbled off court following the incident. The Buccaneers were able to rally in the third quarter and surpass the Yellow Jackets in fourth quarter points, but even though Willis led Mainland’s charge with 27 points, it was not enough for the win.
Buccaneers are currently 7-7 for the season as they head to Jacksonville Monday, Jan. 18 to play Bishop Snyder.