North Surry pulled out a 67-65 win against Mount Airy late Friday night.
The game got off to a late start as the girls’ game went to triple overtime.
Those that stuck around for the finale saw the Greyhounds bounce back from an early seven-point hole to take the lead in the third quarter.
“We really fought hard,” said North Coach Kevin King. “I couldn’t be more proud of our effort.”
“We had some guys step up and have big games,” King said. “We shared the ball well and finished plays at the end.”
The Bears took a 19-12 lead in the first quarter as they forced the Hounds into some turnovers and got out on the fast break.
“We were playing well in transition early,” said Bear Coach Levi Goins. However, the aggressive play led to several early fouls that put North on the foul line and sent starters to the bench.
In the first half, Clay Mounce, Caleb Horton and Isiah Simmons all picked up three fouls. The Bears had 33 fouls as a team.
“Defensively, we were not good,” said Goins. “You can’t play if you’re in foul trouble.”
North Surry cut the lead to 22-19 at halftime, then went ahead 38-35 at the end of the third.
“We made some mental mistakes in the final minutes that cost us the game,” said Goins. The team didn’t get back in transition a couple of times and failed to rotate over on Marcus Sawyers’ penetration.
Sawyers only had eight points, but he made an impact with his penetration, Goins noted.
The Bears committed a season-high 20 turnovers and shot just 16-26 from the foul line, he said.
Caleb Horton 12, Khaileel Dailey 17, Dylan Gallimore six, Isaiah King two, Isiah Simmons seven, Clay Mounce six, Carson Mounce 15, Sihem Smith two.
Tanner Hodgin six, Mason Hawks four, Kendal Tucker 16, Marcus Sawyers eight, Brady Watt 15, Ryan March two, Nathan Fletcher 13.