Lambert used a 14-5 run at the start of the third quarter to take control for a 73-46 boys basketball victory Tuesday against West Forsyth in a Region 6-AAAAAA game at home.
The Longhorns (3-2, 3-0) employed a full court pressure defense coming out of halftime that bewildered West (3-5, 1-2) and stretched Lambert’s 36-27 halftime lead to 50-32 with 4:45 left in the third quarter. Eight different Longhorns scored in the third quarter.
Joe Bates led the Longhorns with 12 points, Logan Bush had 11 points and Ross Morkem added 10 points. Tanner Hall had nine points, while Jake Morris and Trevor Shipes had eight points each.
“Coming out of halftime we just wanted to play better defense,” Lambert coach Scott Bracco said. “Pick up the intensity and play with more effort. Overall it was a great team defensive effort tonight.”
“We just came out [of halftime] strong on defense, turned them over and just got up big,” said Bush, who scored nine of his points in the second quarter. “We just had to keep playing defense. Defense wins games. It’s the most important thing.”
Nick and Jimmy Staiti led West with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
-- Brian Paglia
South Forsyth 55, North Forsyth 44: The War Eagles took down the Raiders in a hard-fought, back and forth affair to earn their first win in 2013.
North (0-9) held a two-point lead after three quarters, but an 18-5 run by South (1-5) in the final stanza sealed a much-needed victory for the War Eagles.
“It was a grind-it-out type game,” said South head coach Manson Hill. “Defensively we did a better job in the second half, and that was the difference.”
South was led by its two seniors, Kevin Sullivan and Greer Landry, who scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Sullivan’s efforts were vital in the War Eagles’ late-game surge, netting five points in the fourth.
“I thought we came out strong,” Sullivan said. “We balanced our attack on offense—both on the outside and inside—and stuck to the game plan defensively … at the end we were tough”
Nick Cunningham was North’s most valuable player, scoring 19 points—15 of which came on shots from beyond the arc, and eight of which came in the opening frame. Rome Bailey scored eight in the first period as well, but would fail to make another basket the remainder of the night.
The game was heavy on offense in the early going, with North holding a 20-19 lead after the first quarter. However, the pace would slow down in the last 24 minutes, which played to South’s favor.
“We gave up too many easy baskets in the first quarter, but we clamped down on defense after that,” said Landry, who also had seven rebounds. “We stopped letting them take high percentage shots and that’s what changed the game for us.”
-- Andrew Hirsh
Northview 70, Forsyth Central 62: The Bulldogs dropped a Region 7-AAAAA game at home.
Central dropped to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the region.
Jeremiah Jones led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Braden Ragsdale added 13 points and Josiah Laws had 10 points.
Central returns to action Friday against Sequoyah at home.