By Eric McDonald
For the Forsyth County News
The growing pains continued for the Forsyth Central boys basketball team as the Bulldogs lost their home opener of the season to the Walton on Friday night, 57-48.
Youthful mistakes and costly turnovers were the trademarks of this very young and inexperienced Bulldogs (0-4) basketball team thoughout much of the game the game, although head coach Greg Dirst still sees promise in these young Bulldogs.
“I thought our kids played pretty hard,” Dirst said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, so we are a perimeter orientated team right now. We have to make some shots from the perimeter to stay in the game.”
The Raiders (4-1) wasted no time as Jordan Kruger (18 points) took the tip-off from Cole Morris (14-points) and scored in the paint for the first two points in the first quarter, which set the tempo for the Raiders to outscore the Bulldogs 16-9 in the period.
The Bulldogs began to show life in the before the half as Brandon Sherer (13 points) began to take matters into his own hands, mounting a scoring frenzy which helped the Bulldogs to stay in the game, 28-22 going into halftime.
The Bulldogs struggled through much of the second half with costly fouls, accumulating 10 overall, and 16 turnovers, as the Raiders utilized a full-court press for much of the half.
Avery Ouellette came off the bench for the Bulldogs and electrified the crowd, hitting two three-pointers in an attempt to bring the Bulldogs back, but the Central couldn't fully solve the press.
“We’ve got to do a better job of coaching, so they can do a better job of playing,” Dirst said.
Walton 56, Forsyth Central girls 50
In the first of the night, Forsyth Central (3-2) took a 13-9 led over Walton keeping Forsyth Central with a three-point lead going into the half.
Costly turnovers and foul troubles in the second half allowed Walton to capitalize and regain the lead in the second half, though, and the Bulldogs’ offense had a tougher go of things, despite a brief burst of scoring towards the end of the fourth quarter.