West Forsyth 43, North Forsyth 33
North Forsyth 8 5 13 7_33
West Forsyth 6 11 5 21_43
North Forsyth: Holtzclaw 9, Bureau 7, Holzer 7.
West Forsyth: Macer 16, Fuller 14, Staiti 6, Beatty 5.
2-pt FG—North: 7-15. West: 7-25.
3-pt FG—North: 3-27. West: 3-9.
FTM/A—North: 8-15. West: 18-32.
Rebounds—North: 30. West: 32.
Turnovers—North: 7. West: 6.
A four-point halftime lead had evaporated in to a four-point deficit after three quarters, but the West Forsyth boys never hit the panic button.
Wolverines coach Jim Cook said his team only needed a few shots to fall, a few steals, a few favorable bounces to turn the tide and for West to grab the lead back.
West got all of that and more in a 43-33 win over North at home on Friday night, as Courtland Fuller (14 points) and Cam Macer (16 points) led a 15-2 run to open the decisive fourth quarter.
“We have six or seven seniors that are pretty mature basketball players,” Cook said. “They know that four points isn’t a whole lot. When you get a couple steals, get the momentum in your favor, you can ride that wave. I attribute that to the guys who have been in this program for a couple years.”
North (2-6 overall, 1-2 Region 6-AAAAAA) held West to five points in the third quarter, as the Wolverines went just 2-of-9 from the field and missed all four free throw attempts. The Raiders closed on a 7-0 spurt.
West (3-3, 1-2) regained the lead within seconds. Macer and Fuller opened the fourth with back-to-back threes, Macer hit two free throws, and the Wolverines were off and running.
“We thought that if we could put some pressure on them, to where they were forced to make plays, we thought some of that inexperience might show up,” Cook said.
The Raiders missed each of their nine three-point attempts in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Staiti (six points, 10 rebounds) and Macer (six rebounds) ensured North didn’t get many second chances.
Dakota Holtclaw led North with nine points and 10 rebounds but didn’t shoot well from the floor. Chad Bureau and Coleton Holzer added seven points apiece for Brian Moon’s team.
Cook said West’s aim was to have a hand in Holtzclaw, Bureau and Nick Cunningham’s face every time they touched the ball on the perimeter and to give no clean looks. If the Raiders hit contested shots, West would live with that.
“When North jumped out to an 8-0 lead, I thought, ‘oh boy,’” Cook said. “It was a good game all the way through, but we just made a couple more plays in the end than they did.”