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SOUTHERN PINES – For the second year in a row Lumberton’s Pirates defeated Pinecrest to reach the Class 4A Eastern Regional Championship game. The final margin for Saturday’s Pirate victory was 54-50.

Just like last season the Pirates lost twice to Pinecrest during the regular season, but came back to defeat the Patriots in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Coach Bryant Edwards’ Pirates (13-2) knocked off Eastern top seed Wilmington Laney Thursday night to advance to Saturday’s meeting with Pinecrest. Lumberton, the No. 8 seed, will now battle No. 2 seed Raleigh Millbrook for the Eastern title. Millbrook edged Apex Friendship 68-66 in overtime Saturday. Start times for Tuesday’s regional championship games will be announced Monday.

Last season Lumberton won the Class 4A Eastern Championship and was declared co-champions when the state championship game was unable to be played due to the coronavirus.

Edwards is the son of Bladen County native Worley Edwards.

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