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Basketball: South Forsyth rallies to topple Lambert in semifinal
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South Forsyth's bench reacts Wednesday during the War Eagles' 66-52 win against Lambert in the Region 5-7A tournament semifinal. Photo by Ben Hendren

By Josh Holland

For the Forsyth County News

South Forsyth and Lambert traded leads throughout the third quarter of Wednesday’s Region 5-7A tournament semifinal, but a series of impressive plays from the War Eagles put them comfortably in the lead late to take a 66-52 win.

First, Ethan Underwood knocked down a three to make it a five-point, two-possession game, then Kohl Harris sliced through the Lambert defense with a nasty Euro step that forced a Lambert timeout.

 Devin McGlockton capped it off with a block on one end, then a strong and-one finish on the other end to seal South’s victory and secure a spot in Friday’s region championship, where the War Eagles will face Milton at 8: 30 p.m.

South (17-10) started the game ahead, but early on Braxton Beaty was proving to be a problem as he got to the basket and finished with ease. In the second quarter, Collin Granger began to find his rhythm offensively and the Longhorns started to come back, but South held on to a 31-25 lead at halftime. 

Beaty and Granger were Lambert’s two significant contributors for during the game. Beaty had 23 points and Granger had 18 in his matchup with McGlockton. 

Thomas Stocks
South Forsyth senior Thomas Stocks, left, attempts a 3-pointer against Lambert freshman James Tyre on Wednesday during the War Eagles' 66-52 win against Lambert in the Region 5-7A tournament semifinal. Photo by Ben Hendren
McGlockton and Underwood scored 17 points each, with McGlockton adding 13 rebounds to notch a double-double. Thomas Stocks scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Kohl Harris chipped in eight points and Nate Hammond added seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

Lambert took the lead into the fourth quarter, but South dominated from there. The War Eagles outscored Lambert by 15 and had all the momentum with several eye-catching plays.

Head coach Scott Givens praised his team’s mentality after their impressive performance. 

“This team’s confident. This team feels like they can play with anybody and beat anybody in this region.” Givens said. “We just finished the game. We had six guys score in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t just Devin. It wasn’t just Ethan. Our guards, when they play, we can play and beat anybody.”

Another contributing factor to South’s dominance in the fourth quarter was their presence on the offensive boards. They were able to drag out long possessions as they took care of the ball and rebounded their misses on several occasions. 

Lambert fell to 17-9 with the loss and will play at 5:30 p.m. in the third-place game against West Forsyth.