Collins Hill converted 16-of-19 free throws in the fourth quarter to take a Region 7-AAAAA win at home Friday, beating North Forsyth’s boys 66-54.
University of Utah signee Jeremy Olsen scored 16 points and hit eight-of-nine free throws to lead the Eagles.
North was led by Riley Smith with 16 points, followed by Chris Smith and Shane Rapson with nine points each. Andrew
Puetz scored seven points and pulled down seven rebounds, a performance that coach Bobby Pless said helped challenge Olsen.
“We did some good things, but their size took away some good looks that most of the time could be layups. We worked the ball well and attacked the weaknesses in Collins Hill’s big zone, but then we left some opportunities on the floor, and that hurt going into the fourth quarter,” Pless said.
“The kids are competing and doing the things we need to do, and if we keep competing and playing hard, that’s all we ask. I like the development I’m seeing in the guys and I see confidence growing in them.
“You have to get in position to compete and have a chance, and we went into Gwinnett County and fought tonight. That is the step we have needed the last two years. Now we have to make it a part of every game, no matter where or who we play.”
North battles South Forsyth on the road Tuesday, hoping for a season sweep over the rival War Eagles.