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Basketball: Lambert boys beat South behind 3-pointers
Bush leads Lambert with 17 points
Lambert point guard Matt Melms puts up a shot against South Forsyth on Friday at Lambert High School. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Lambert’s 3-point shooting proved to be too much for South Forsyth.

The Longhorns went 11-for-19 from the 3-point line as they cruised to a 73-46 win over South in the Region 6B-AAAAAA opener on Friday at Lambert High School.

The win marked the largest margin of victory (27) over South in program history.

"I’m not really worried about the score," Lambert head coach Scott Bracco said. "We’re just trying to come out every day and improve, and that was our goal tonight. Our guys played well and I’m extremely proud of them."

Junior forward Logan Bush paced Lambert (2-5, 1-0 region) with 17 points, while teammates Jakes Morris (13) and Brennan Gagen (10) also finished in double-figures. Greer Landry tallied 14 points and Jack Armstrong chipped in with 11 for South.

"I try not to keep track [of my points], but sometimes you just know," Bush said. "I was feeling it, but I try to get my teammates involved as well.

"It’s a little bit of a rivalry with [South]. We’re right down the road from each other and we all know each other; it’s a fun game. I definitely consider it a rivalry."

Leading 15-9 to start the second quarter, the Longhorns went on an 11-4 run and forced South to call a timeout with 3:24 left in the quarter, but the timeout didn’t slow them down as they continued to score and went into the half with a 36-21 advantage.

The War Eagles (2-2, 0-1) were 4-of-9 from the field in the third quarter, but turned the ball over seven times and trailed 57-31 to end the quarter.

The Longhorns put the game out of reach with their free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, as they finished 10-for-13 to win 73-46.

"We obviously have some things to get better at," South head coach Manson Hill said. "Turnovers, poor defense, not blocking out, not running the floor. Pick one.

"We didn’t execute anything and didn’t do what we’re supposed to do. It was a lack of composure. …We didn’t do any of the things that we practiced or any of the things that we do in a game, and that’s my fault."

Both South squads were scheduled to play Grayson on Saturday before facing North Forsyth at home on Tuesday, while Lambert’s girls and boys were scheduled to play Walton on Saturday before traveling to West Forsyth on Tuesday.