By Eric McDonald
For the Forsyth County News
It was a tough night for the West Forsyth boys basketball team on Saturday, as the Wolverines were knocked out in the first round of the GHSA basketball playoffs at home, losing to Shiloh 73-48.
“Shiloh is really good, and we knew had to play one of our best games to be in the game” West head coach Fredrick Hurt said. “(Shiloh's) overall size and length just really started to wear on us.”
The Wolverines (13-16) struggled early in the first quarter after the Generals won the tip-off, with missed scoring opportunities and early foul trouble allowing the Generals to capitalize with their fast break offense and near-perfect shooting from the line.
The Generals (18-8) showed no mercy in the first quarter as Toneari Lane (23 points) dominated on the outside, hitting two three-pointers and forcing Hurt to call a timeout as the Generals led on a 16-11 run with 1:32 remaining in the first half.
The Wolverines showed no quit at the start of the second half of the game. Down 38-29 in the third quarter, Zabetakis set up a pass to Payton Aiken for the easy two-point layup. Aiken led the Wolverines with 17 points on the night.
“Payton played well,” Hurt said. “This was a tough matchup, but when you are in the state playoffs, there are no easy matchups.”
The Wolverines exited in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season and failed to replicate last season's winning record, but a group with plenty of returners has West optimistic for next year.
“We have had a lot of things that our team has overcome,” Hurt said, “We have a lot of key people returning. We try to find some positives, and there were some positives.”