WALNUT COVE — South Stokes won its first conference game of the season 63-55 against Forbush by minimizing second-half turnovers and utilizing depth from the bench after the teams tied the score 28-28 at half-time.
Senior Devin Feimster led the Sauras with 17 points and scored eight of the teams’ points by half-time. Forbush Barrett Hennings was the game high-scorer with 21 points. Hennings had put in 12 by half time.
Saura Head Coach Jason Clark said the team went from having 10 first-half turnovers down to five in the second. After foul trouble, depth from the Saura bench delivered. Clark said that fact was good to see in the conference season opening game. The Sauras led by as much as 10 points in the fourth quarter, finished with a 63-55 score. Feimster hit two again to widen the margin by five.
The Falcons took the lead after hitting a three-point basket to open the third-quarter to make the score Falcons 31-28. Feimster and Wesley Lineberry fired back with consecutive goals to give the Sauras the first second-half lead. Feimster hit again (his third in minutes) to spread the Saura lead to five and a 36-31 score.
After being fouled, Falcon Hennings shot 2/2 from the line to narrow the gap to three then Feimster struck again for two; then Jacquan Martin pounded inside for a lay-up. In the third, the Sauras defense made it a point to disrupt the Falcons’ inside game, and took over on offensive tempo by attacking the basket and coming away with points in a spread-out team effort. In addition in the third, Sauras controlled the boards on rebounds.
At the end of the third, the Sauras led 42-35. In the fourth, Falcon Mason Doub struck first with two to bring the score 42-37 on an assist by Tyler Johnson. Saura Bryson Misenheimer became aggressive and drove in for a lay-up to make the score Sauras 44-37.
Saura Wesley Lineberry, who set a tough physical presence inside on both offense and defense, delivered two from the inside after good passing by Sauras to give the Sauras 46 points with 4:43 left to go. Saura El-J Scales put in two by driving inside to make the score Sauras 48-37.
Falcon Hunter Chapman stepped-up the Forbush tempo in the time-critical situation, grabbed several rebounds and hit several baskets and free-throws to get the score within four and a 48-44 score.
Saura points by Martin, Lineberry, and a steal by J.J. Davis that resulted in his two-point lay-up took the steam out the Falcons. Again, the Sauras blazed a ten-point lead in the game.
Falcons Hennings and Doub did not give easily. Hennings continued to press the inside with success getting a lay-up. After the Sauras fouled Doub, who went 2/2 from the line with under two minutes left, the score moved within seven.
The Falcons again moved to foul the Sauras to get the ball back. However, Misenheimer and Feimster both hit from the line to make the score 59-51 with around 30 seconds left. Doub hit two from the field with 23 seconds left in regulation, but the Saura defense held and Lineberry hit from the free-throw line.
In the game’s last seconds, two technical fouls were called on Forbush and Misenheimer closed the Saura points from the free-throw line and a 63-55 finish.
Contributing points for the Sauras were: Devin Feimster 17, Jacquan Martin 13, Bryson Meisenheimer 11, and Dylan Fulp 8. J.J. Davis and EL-J Scales each scored five. Wesley Lineberry recorded four.
Top Falcon scorers were: Barrett Hennings 21, Hunter Chapman 14, and Mason Doud 10.