By Josh Holland
For the Forsyth County News
South Forsyth opened Friday’s game with a suffocating press that North Forsyth couldn’t handle, and they went behind big early on.
At 11-0, North head coach Brad Sokol finally decided to call a timeout and regroup his team. The onslaught slowed following the timeout, but South still won comfortably 69-59.
South’s lead grew during the second quarter as they kept up the high intensity press. The press was highly effective thanks to guards Nate Hammond, Kohl Harris, Ethan Underwood, and Thomas Stocks, who were flying around the front court tipping and stealing passes.
“We jumped out on them,” South head coach Scott Givens said. “We extended our pressure and just sped them up. They’re a good team, but I think we just sped them up and got them out of their rhythm a little bit.”
At halftime, South’s lead had stretched to 18, but the War Eagles started the third quarter with a lack of energy that brought North back into the game. During the second half, North slowly closed the gap behind a solid performance from Justin Costello, who had 15 points and shot 73 percent from the line.
The Raiders brought the gap down to as little as four but were unable to take the lead.
South finally snapped out of it and brought its lead back to a comfortable margin in the fourth quarter and coasted to the finish. South illustrated the well roundedness within their squad after all five of their starters scored double digits.
Stocks led the way with 18 points in the game.
“We shot the ball really well early,” Givens pointed out after the game. “We had eight threes in the first half. Everything looks a lot better when you’re shooting the ball well. We’re a balanced scoring team.
“We got a little silly there in the fourth quarter.”
The win helped South remain undefeated in the region and advance to 9-3 on the season. North is still searching for their first region win and is 4-6 this season.