EAST BEND — For two teams who have seen sparks fly every time they meet on the court, Tuesday night’s game between North Surry and Forbush was right on track with previous games. The Greyhounds averaged over 20 points per period, while the Falcons kept with them until the final two periods. North Surry didn’t look back or shy away from the basket, as the Greyhounds took home a 104-78 win over the Falcons to earn another WPAC win.
The first period saw both teams score in the double digits that are usually the product of two periods combined. Forbush scored 25 points and North Surry scored 26 to give the crowd something to look forward to in the final three periods. Forbush started things off with an 11-0 lead as the Falcons hit three three-point shots in a row. Travis Gardner started the three-point wave with his basket, which was followed by a three-point basket by Jared Bowman and another three-point basket by Micah Cranfill. The Falcons were flying high as Josh Wood kept things going with a layup to take the Falcons’ lead into double digits.
The score never seemed to faze the Greyhounds, as Mason Hawks got things going with a three-point shot of his own. Casey Hull kept the ball rolling as he made a shot and completed his three-point play by making a free throw after he was fouled by Logan Lineberry. Kendal Tucker put the game within three points as he made a three-point shot for the Greyhounds. The action kept coming from both sides, as Carter Phillips and Avery Smith put their names on the score sheet with two baskets.
Although the Greyhounds went on a scoring run, the Falcons were able to keep the lead until the closing seconds of the first period, as Phillips made a two-point shot, then followed it up with a free throw to give North Surry its first lead of the game.
The action continued on in the second period as North Surry scored 27 points and Forbush scored 21. Phillips tuned up his shots, as he scored basket after basket for the Greyhounds. Lineberry and Cranfill kept things going for the Falcons, but it wasn’t enough as North Surry took a 53-46 lead into halftime.
The third period was a back-and-forth affair between both sides until Phillips once again put the game in North Surry’s hands. The Falcons started to get frustrated, as it seemed the Greyhounds could not miss a single shot. North Surry kept up their pressure on offense and defense as it took a 14-point lead by the end of the third.
The final period was the final blow for the Falcons, as North Surry scored 29 points and Forbush scored 17. The Greyhounds hit the coveted 100 points and the Falcons knew the game was over. At the end of the game, North Surry had blown the Falcons out of the water with a 104-78 win.
North Surry can thank Phillips for the lions’ share of its points, as he ended his night with 38. Hull scored 13, Hawks and Jacob Harrison scored 12, Chase Chandler scored 9, while Tucker scored 8, Stanley and Smith scored 4, and Ethan Oakley and Ethan Simmons both scored 2.
For the Falcons, Micah Cranfill came away with 23 points, Logan Lineberry held on to 17, Travis Gardner had 12, Josh Wood and Jared Bowman had 8, Lance Kennedy and Jackson Cooper had 3, while Woods-Hargrove and Hall had two.
The Greyhounds travel to West Stokes on Friday night, while Forbush travels to South Stokes.