Last updated: June 01. 2013 12:47PM - 258 Views
Matthew Gorry
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KERNERSVILLE - After Thursday’s 62-55 loss to previously winless Atkins, Starmount head coach Rocky Horton summed up everything simply - “this is getting old.”

The Rams dropped their second-straight game in the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic in Kernersville Thursday after a second-half comeback fell short once again.

“Where to start? It didn’t seem like we showed up to play today,” a frustrated Horton explained. “We had way too many turnovers, just like yesterday. We just have to be more competitive.

“We’re not being consistent at all. We look sometimes like a team that should be 7-0 and then we turn around and look like we’re 0-7,” he continued. “We cut it to seven points, looking like a 7-0 team ready to make a turnaround. And then, I think we had four turnovers and bad shots in a row and they go on a 10-0 run. We just haven’t found consistency yet and that’s sad being eight games into the season.”

Starmount battled back from a 35-24 halftime deficit to trim the lead down to 41-35 late in the third quarter. But the Camels used a 14-2 run - including a 10-0 burst to open the fourth - to put the game out of reach.

“Somewhere in the third quarter we cut the lead to seven after being down big at halftime. Then they go on a 10-0 run and we can’t afford to let a team go on a 10-0 run like that. We just have to play smarter. Plain and simple,” Horton said.

The Rams’ late 10-0 run in the final 1:21 came up short as Atkins held on for the 62-55 victory.

Luke Shore powered the Rams with 16 points on the night, while Gunner Cass finished with 14. Nathan Williams added 10 points in the game with James Ashley recording seven.

Starmount (0-8 on the season) returns to the court tomorrow in the final round of the Christmas tournament. The Rams will take on 1-12 Parkland at 1 p.m. at East Forsyth High School.

Horton pointed to the transition game once again as a focal point heading into the final game of the tournament.

“We have to work on transition because that’s what killed us today and yesterday. If we don’t do what we’re supposed to, it’ll kill us tomorrow too,” he explained.

Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or mgorry@heartlandpublications.com.

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