First Posted: 12/30/2008
For the second straight night, Mount Airy picked up a lopsided victory, downing visiting Patrick County (Va.) 70-46 to wrap up the Granite City Classic.
Wade Moody led the Bears attack with a game-high 17 points, followed by a balanced overall effort by his teammates.
Early on it was all Granite Bears, who jumped out to an early 10-2 lead before Patrick would call a time-out to stop the run.
With about 3:13 left in the first quarter and the score 14-5, Cougars guard Jacob Reynolds would connect on a short jumper to make it 14-7 and that would be the last of the scoring for the Cougars until midway through the second quarter in which Mount Airy would blow the game wide open with a 18-2 run to stretch the lead to 32-9.
Mount Airy head coach Kevin Spainhour credited his teams defense for sparking the key run.
We put a lot of pressure on them and that turned into some easy basket for us. Spainhour said. Anytime we dont shoot the ball well and we still score 70 points, our defense has a lot to do with it.
Behind the run, Mount Airy would take a 38-16 advantage into the break.
In the third quarter, Mount Airy would yet again make another big run with a 14-4 stretch lengthened the Bears lead to 54-24 entering the final quarter.
Spainhour said his teams ability to create big runs were critical in the victory.
Tonight was a game of runs for us, he said. We would make a run on them, then play even, then another run would happen.
In the fourth quarter with most of the reserves in the game for the Bears, Patrick County made a run of their own, outscoring the Bears 22-9.
But it wasnt enough, as Mount Airy cruised easily for the second straight night after defeating Union Pines (Va.) on Monday to open their Granite City Classic play.
Along with Moody, Anthony Moore chipped in with nine points in the victory, followed by Justin Collier with 8 points and Robbie Rives with 7.
Lucas Terry and Jalen Reynolds led Patrick County with nine points apiece.
Robbie Rives and Dillion Bobbitt were named to the Granite City Classic all-tournament team, along with Patrick Countys Jacob Reynolds, East Surrys Patrick Marion and Union Pines Johnathon Toomer.
Mount Airy will return to action Friday night as they travel to take on Northwest Conference foe Elkin.
MOUNT AIRY 70
PATRICK COUNTY 46
Mount Airy 16 22 16 16 70
Patrick Co. 7 9 8 22 46
MOUNT AIRY Wade Moody 17, D. Bobbitt 4, Harris 2, Hamilton 5, Valentine 6, Pelfrey 6, Rives 7, Waller 2, Moore 9, Collier 8, Joyce 6.
PATRICK COUNTY J. Reynolds 6, Nelson 8, Cockerham 4, J. Reynolds 9, Bowman 4, Wilkerson 4, Terry 9, Hutchinson 1, Wood 1.