WINSTON-SALEM — The Granite Bears turned up the offense to run away from Atkins 80-61 Wednesday night.
Atkins tried to play at a faster pace, but that played into the Bears’ hands as they scored at least 18 points in every quarter.
The Camels were able to hang with Mount Airy in the first quarter, trailing just 20-18.
The man-to-man defense was breaking down early on, said Coach Levi Goins. He spoke to the team about that during a timeout and again between quarters.
The boys came out with better intensity and played better defense, he said. That gave the offense a chance to get out and run.
Between the second and third quarters, the Bears outscored Atkins 42-25. The lead eventually reached 26 points before the Bears pulled the starters and coasted to a 19-point win.
In the first quarter, Atkins was bottling up Carson Mounce inside, Goins said of the 6-foot-10 center. In the second half, Carson got his hands on the ball and finished well. Mounce scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Balancing that inside scoring was the outside shooting touch of point guard Dylan Gallimore, who finished with 14 points.
Dylan had a great game, hitting shots and distributing the ball to teammates, said the coach.
“We clicked at certain moments,” he said. The coaching staff believes in using the bench liberally, knowing that the reserves will be needed in the conference tournament and playoffs.
Sihem Smith and Isaiah King gave good minutes in the post, while Isiah Simmons contributed well on the perimeter.
The Bears travel to Winston-Salem Prep on Friday. Then it is Senior Night Tuesday against Bishop McGuinness.
MA 20 22 20 18 = 80
Atk. 18 15 10 18 = 61
Carson Mounce 20, Dylan Gallimore 14, Caleb Horton 14 points, Clay Mounce 9, Khaileel Dailey 8, Isiah Simmons 6, Isaiah King 3, Logan Holder 2, Cooper Orange 2, Sihem Smith 2