By Cole Rogers
For the Forsyth County News
The South Forsyth War Eagles put on a resilient performance Friday night against the Milton Eagles, but ultimately fell short, 71-56.
The War Eagles did the best that they could with what they had, but it wasn’t enough against the high-powered Milton offense.
South found itself trailing much of the game, but the War Eagles showed their resiliency by clawing back into the game.
The War Eagles were without junior Devin McGlockton for almost the entire first half after he picked up two personal fouls early in the first quarter, then received a technical foul immediately after his second personal foul.
South struggled without his presence on the court defensively given he’s such a great rebounder.
South’s offense shot the ball well until the fourth quarter, as senior Thomas Stocks scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers.
The War Eagles struggled to get things going in the paint but were able to keep knocking down 3-pointers throughout the night.
Milton led 48-38 at halftime, but South’s momentum swings allowed the War Eagles to stay in the game.
McGlockton returned in the second half and ended up scoring 13 on the night, in addition to a handful of rebounds.
However, Milton’s offense was too versatile to stop with sophomore Bruce Thorton leading the way with 22 points.
Thorton’s playmaking abilities are extremely impressive, and his shot creation was too much for the majority of the War Eagle defenders to handle.
He seemed to knock down shots at will and was the catalyst to Milton pulling away near the end of the game.
South knocked down a couple of shots at the beginning of the fourth quarter and brought it to a six-point game. However, the War Eagles started missing most of their shots after that point and Milton barely missed from then on out.
Losing close games seems to be a theme for South Forsyth this season, with the majority of their losses being fewer than 10 points.
“We’ve been in every single game,” South Forsyth coach Scott Givens said. “We can play with anybody in this region and we can beat anybody in this region.”
Despite another disappointing loss, the South Forsyth War Eagles still have a lot to look forward to as far as the region tournament.
“We still have a ton to play for,” Givens said. “We control our own destiny and we still have a great opportunity to move around position wise for the region tournament.”
South Forsyth (13-10, 3-5 Region 5-7A) will travel to Forsyth Central on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tip, and the War Eagles hope to at least keep their fourth seed in Region 5-7A.