WINSTON-SALEM — North Surry fell to West Forsyth on Tuesday night, by a 66-46 decision at Joel Coliseum in the semifinals of the Champion Bracket of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic.
By the end of the first quarter, already trailed the Titans, the state’s top-ranked team according to MaxPreps.com, by a 19-8 score. Mason Hawks, Carter Phillips, Kendal Tucker and Casey Hull all netted a bucket in the opening period.
With 5:47 in the second, Chase Chandler netted his first score, and with 4 minutes left until half, West Forsyth had a 27-10 lead. Tucker fired a three and soon later picked up two free throws. However, it made little difference, as the Titans went into the half with a 32-15 advantage.
After halftime, things started to pick up for the Greyhounds.
In the third quarter, North Surry played well, getting to the line multiple times and making five of six free throws, while Hull, Phillips and Tucker all had baskets. With 1:32 left on the clock in the quarter, Hawks swished the Hounds’ second three of the night.
However, West Forsyth (11-1) had essentially matched North basket for basket and held a 49-28 lead going to the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was North Surry’s last chance to rally one out, and in their attempt to do so, they actually outscored West Forsyth, but the deficit was just too large.
With a fresh eight minutes on the clock, Carter Phillips came out of the huddle and hit two consecutive threes. Phillips accumulated more points in the first minute of the fourth than he had the first three quarters of the ball game. His total on the night was 10 points. After Phillips’ two makes, the score was 53-35. Tucker went to the line and drew two more, his total for the night was 13, and he was North Surry’s leading scorer. Similarly to Phillips, Hawks also scored more points in the fourth, than he had points combined during the first three quarters. Hawks finished with 12 points. His last buckets came from four at the free-throw line and he also made third Greyhound three in the fourth.
With 1:22 left on the clock in regulation time, the score was West Forsyth 66, North Surry 46, and it would remain the same until the end of the game.
North Surry (11-2) will play for third place in the Champion bracket today at 2:30 p.m. at Reagan High School.