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Basketball: Central boys fall behind late against Roswell
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Forsyth Central senior Namiah Howard, left, drives toward the basket Tuesday during the Bulldogs' game against Roswell. - photo by David Roberts

Despite keeping the score close into the second half, Forsyth Central's boys basketball team couldn't match up physically against Roswell on Tuesday night, taking a 56-42 loss to fall to 4-3 overall.

"I wasn't real happy with how we played," Forsyth Central boys coach Brandon Hutchins said. "I don't think that's the new Forsyth Central team that we've displayed through the first six games. Give credit where it's due, they're a good team. They're going to beat a lot of people."

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Forsyth Central junior Dylan Carter tries to get around a defender Tuesday during the Bulldogs' game against Roswell.
Roswell began the game with an 8-0 run, but throughout the first half, the Hornets played sloppy enough to allow the Bulldogs to stay within striking distance. Central only scored five points in the first quarter, with an Anthony Roveto three-pointer helping cut Roswell's early lead to 8-5 at the end of the first quarter.

By halftime, the Hornets still led and looked like the better team, but even though Central wasn't able to take advantage of its rebounding chances, Roswell just couldn't connect consistently on its shots. The Bulldogs trailed 19-13 at the midway point.

"We've come off a break," Hutchins said. "We haven't played since last Tuesday. We've had a little lull here (and) we need to get back in rhythm. We were lucky to be down what we were at half."

Central briefly came close to taking the lead midway through the third quarter after a three-point play from Jake Craft closed the Bulldogs' deficit to 22-20 with six minutes left in the period. A minute later, Dylan Carter connected from behind the arc to make it 25-23, but from that point on, Roswell pulled away for good, winning the rebounding battle and making the kinds of shots it had missed early on.

"I didn't think we competed," Hutchins said. "I don't think we ran our offense very well in spurts, and they kind of exposed a lot of our weaknesses. It reinforces what I've been telling them. Offensively, we move, we space the ball and we get good shots, and then we got a little crazy."

The Bulldogs will again look for their fifth win of the year when they visit North Paulding on Friday.