Pinecrest Academy boys basketball lost 64-59 to Riverside Military Academy on Saturday at home in a non-region game.
The game was tightly contested through three quarters, with the Paladins (0-2) entering the final period of play up 45-41. But the Eagles outscored Pinecrest 23-14 in the fourth quarter.
Paladins freshman guard Sean Flanigan scored a team-high 17 points, and Michael Bruckner chipped in 16 of his own, as well as eight rebounds. Junior Nick Palmer gave a strong all-around effort with nine points, six rebounds and three steals.
Central 62, North 58
Forsyth Central edged North Forsyth in boys basketball on Saturday to earn its first victory of the new season.
Sophomore guard Eli Brown led the Bulldogs (1-0) with 16 points, and center Josiah Laws, also a sophomore, chipped in nine points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Sophomore Nick Cunningham and seniors Joseph Seawright and Rome Bailey kept North (0-1) competitive, scoring 17, 15 and 13 points, respectively.
The game was tightly contested in the early going, but Central pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the Raiders 18-6. North battled back in the third, outscoring Central 19-7, but in the end it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raiders’ first half deficit.
Hebron Christian 73, Pinecrest 53
Pinecrest Academy boys basketball lost 73-53 on Friday to Hebron Christian Academy at home in a non-region game.
Freshman guard Sean Flanigan led Pinecrest (0-2) in scoring for the second straight game with 16 points, though he was the only player on his team to reach double digits.
While the Paladins started strong with an early first quarter lead, the game slowly slipped away as Hebron (1-0) kept pushing. Sophomore Santi Villar racked up 15 second half points for the Lions, leading his team to victory.
Pinecrest was forced to play without the services of junior Adam Guard, who was out with a back injury.
North 62, Central 36
The North Forsyth Lady Raiders defeated the Forsyth Central Lady Bulldogs 62-36 on Friday at home to kick off the 2013 regular season.
Junior Caroline Bowns paced North Forsyth (1-0) with 24 points, shooting eight of 13 from the field and four of seven from three-point range.
Junior Lochlain Corliss had a strong game as well, posting 13 points, nine free throws, eight steals and seven assists for the Lady Raiders.
North Forsyth dominated in terms of possession, shooting 71 total field goals to the Lady Bulldogs’ 38. Forsyth Central (0-1) made matters difficult for itself by converting on just 44 percent of its foul shots (12 of 27).