The Elkin boys basketball team showed significant momentum against conference-leading powerhouse Alleghany High School, but the Buckin’ Elks collapsed during the fourth quarter on Friday night, falling to three wins and 16 losses. The final score was 58-45.
Alleghany improves its record to 13 wins and three losses.
Alleghany was led by Fabian Santos who scored 20 points, crashed the board with 10 rebounds, and had two blocks.
Elkin was led by Kody King with 15 points, but he was the only Elkin player to score in double digits, unlike three from Alleghany.
King started out slow in the first half scoring only three points, but erupted with 12 points in the second half.
After being down 22-16 at halftime, Elkin surged in the third quarter, outscoring Alleghany with pressure from a stepped up defense.
An offensive spark erupted. In the second half, five different players stepped up for the Elks to hit three-pointers.
“They made some shots in the third that we were not expecting,” said Coach Tommy McNight of Alleghany. “Those shots hurt us. Defensively, we played a lights-out defense. I could not have asked for a better performance from our boys. I thought we held down Kody King. That kid (King) is a tremendous athlete.
“I’ve been scared all week about coming here. They are a good young team. They get on a roll, they can really hurt you,” continued McNight. “They are better compared to what the record indicates.”
“It was 34-31 in the fourth quarter. We were within three points. We were not into it though on defense,” said Coach Kenneth Abrams of Elkin. “We had some missed assignments. It then went from three points behind to six. It falls farther from there.”
Momentum ceased after a jump ball was ruled in favor of Alleghany with 6:15 remaining in the fourth. Abrams requested a reversal of the call.
“When the fourth quarter started, Alleghany was given the ball. So the next jump ball was ours. I tried telling them (the officials) that the ball was ours.”
Abrams was overruled.
“They said the book said the ball was Alleghany. Had the game been closer, it would’ve been a bigger thing. Sometimes in basketball it happens that way, but still our defense was not good in the fourth quarter in the paint. The book is official. This was not about one possession.”
The Elks play at home on Monday night against West Wilkes High School. The team travels on Tuesday night to play North Wilkes High School, and is also away on Friday night playing Ashe County High School.
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