A big run to end the third quarter led the Falcons to a 60-50 win over the Elks Tuesday night.
Elkin held a six-point lead in the third, but visiting Forbush finished the period on a 13-2 run to take control.
At the outset, Forbush took an 8-6 lead midway through the first quarter, but then went scoreless for more than three minutes to finish the period.
Elkin, who went undefeated in the conference regular season last year, got out on the break a few times and converted for a 13-8 lead.
The scoring was spread around as nine different players made a basket for the two teams.
Forbush’s defense held Elkin to just one basket for the first five minutes of the second quarter. The Falcons retook the lead at 18-14 with a three-point play from Barrett Hennings with 3:14 left in the half.
Hennings aggressively went to the paint throughout the game and finished with a game-high 23 points.
The Elks responded with 9-0 run for a 23-18 lead. Adam Caudill, Jamiles Hayes, Eli Brown and Raz Walker scored in the flurry.
Hennings converted once more to make it 23-20 at the break.
A couple of baskets from Eric Kelly helped Elkin take its biggest lead at 28-22.
Forbush’s Stephen Gentry made a three-point play with 5:14 left in the third, and that jump-started the Falcons to the 13-2 run that gave the team a 35-30 lead going into the fourth.
The final quarter saw a parade of Forbush shooters to the free throw line as Elkin repeatedly stopped the clock with fouls in the final 5:16.
Mason Daub had 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Bryson Lee hit five of six foul shots in the final 1:06.
Hennings, Daub and Lee gave the Falcons three players in double figures.
The leading scorers for Elkin were Jamiles Hayes 12, Josiah Blevins nine and Tyrek Hayes eight.
The two teams will take part in East Surry’s Thanksgiving tournament this weekend.
The host Lady Cardinals face Elkin in the first game Friday at 11 a.m. They will be followed by the boys from the same schools at about 12:45 p.m.
Mount Airy’s Lady Bears face the Lady Falcons at 2:30 p.m., followed by the boys in the last game at 4:15 p.m.
On Saturday, the teams switch opponents. The Lady Elks take on Mount Airy at 2 p.m., and the boys are at 3:45.
The Lady Falcons take on East Surry at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m.
East Surry’s boys team is still awaiting the arrival of five players who are in the state playoffs with the football squad.