North Forsyth earned its first region win of the season Friday, 51-37, at home against West Forsyth, but it wasn’t pretty. Both teams struggled on offense throughout the game, but the shooting bug had more of a presence on the road bench.
West had just one point at the end of the first quarter and made just 14 field goals in the game, while none of its bench logged a point. North had just 11 field goals outside its starting point guard Chad Bureau, who got hot in the fourth quarter, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers, to finish with 19 points.
“He’s good on both ends. He really brings a lot of intensity, is a great rebounder, and he goes and gets them,” North head coach Brian Moon said. “He’s a four year varsity guy and he played like it tonight.”
North (2-4, 1-2 Region 6-AAAAAA) led 20-11 at halftime, but had its lead cut down to 24-18 in the third quarter, but the Raiders were able to extend their lead to 37-20 heading into the final period.
Jacob Bailey came off the bench to log 12 points and five rebounds for the Raiders, while Nick Cunningham and Tyler Koch hit a few key shots in key moments.
West (2-4, 1-2) got a strong showing from junior John Peterson, despite him falling into early foul trouble. Peterson finished with five rebounds and eight points, while Jeremy Magee had nine points and three steals. Kyle Draffin also had eight points for the Wolverines.
“Execution on offense was the problem tonight,” West head coach Jake Dickey said. “We didn’t execute. That’s what we have to work on. They’re all things we work on in practice, but we just didn’t get it done in the game.”
North junior Jon Aiken was helped off the floor by trainers in the third quarter after appearing to get knocked out after going for a rebound and hitting the floor.
West will play at Northview on Tuesday, while North will head to Alpharetta.