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Basketball: North boys can't make shots late in loss to Jefferson
North Forsyth's Aidan Kudlas holds off a Jefferson defender on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. - photo by David Roberts

Despite an inspired first-half performance, North Forsyth’s boys basketball team went cold in the second half against Jefferson on Friday night, taking a 64-46 loss, their eighth straight defeat.

North did what it had to do to make the game competitive early, though. While the game was sloppy with plenty of turnovers on both sides, the Raiders took a 6-4 lead after a basket from Cory Seitz midway through the period. Jefferson led 13-9 entering the second, but North began to gain some ground with a three from Matthew Rouse and subsequent layups from Seitz and Justin Costello. At the break, the Raiders held a 28-25 edge.

North Forsyth's Cory Seitz shoots the ball against Jefferson on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. - photo by David Roberts
“The last five games, we've come off and started terrible, getting down nine, 15 points,” North boys basketball coach David Sokol said. “I thought we showed a little more toughness and I thought we showed a little more effort.”

But in the third, the Raiders’ shooting disappeared — they didn’t make a single field goal in the quarter and only made a single free throw, and the Dragons took full advantage to enter the final quarter with a sizeable lead.

“We couldn't stop them getting to the basket and we missed a lot, especially in the third quarter,” Sokol said. “We got outscored 16-1, so that's huge. We don't have the offensive firepower to come back like that.

“I thought we had some good looks. I thought we were wide open a lot of times and just didn't knock it down.”

Seitz broke the scoreless streak with 6:27 left in the game, making it 47-32 after a made free throw. The Raiders began to connect on their shots a little bit more, but by then, it was too late.

Seitz led the way for North with 16 points, while Costello and Rouse finished their nights with 13 and nine, respectively.

“We're going to focus on region play,” Sokol said. “That's the most important thing as far as region tournament and trying to get better over the holidays, doing what we can do to improve.”