WINSTON-SALEM — The Mount Airy boys fell to conference foe Winston Salem Preparatory Academy on Tuesday night, by a score of 78-61.
After one quarter, the Granite Bears found themselves down by three to a high-powered offense. Within the first five seconds, Prep came out hot. Will Sparks scored one from the line early on, and with Jackson Smith’s three points during the first minute and a half, the Granite Bears even at 4-4. Ryan Graham swished the first Bear 3-pointer of the night, and they were tied once again. Less than a minute later, Caleb Arrington also provided offense to tie the game at 9, but the Bears would not score again until under the last minute in the first. Donavon Greene posted his first bucket and seconds later was fouled attempting to dunk, His two from the line pulled Mount Airy within one of the Phoenix with 30 seconds left, but Prep had the last basket. Prep led 16-13 after one.
The second quarter was Mount Airy’s lowest scoring quarter on Tuesday night at nine points. Mount Airy finally answered to a 9-0 Phoenix run with 5:11 on the clock. It was Ryan Graham who struck for the Granite Bears as he went 1-for-2 from the line, posting Mount Airy’s first point of the quarter. Midway through the period, Smith found an open Greene under the hoop to help lessen a ten-point deficit. Greene added three more and Smith two before the clock expired, but the Phoenix held a 16-point lead at the break.
Smith got in some early offensive progress as he clinched two from the line within the first 30 seconds of the third quarter. Arrington followed Smith’s lead by draining a 3-pointer, his first of two threes in the third quarter. Smith picked up another basket in the paint, but by then, Winston-Salem Prep was already in the works of battling with a 20-point lead midway through the third quarter. On Arrington’s second make from behind the arc, he was fouled while collecting the basket and went to the line to secure another point. Graham made his mark in the third with a basket. Arrington and Greene were the last two Granite Bears to stir up any kind of offense in hopes on reducing the Phoenix’ lead before the last eight minutes, Arrington added two while Greene added three, and by the end of the third quarter, Mount Airy had cut its deficit from 20 to 13.
During the last quarter on Tuesday night, Winston Salem Preparatory added another 24 points to its side of the scoreboard, while Mount Airy almost matched with 20 fourth-quarter points. Of Mount Airy’s points in the fourth, there were only three baskets made that weren’t from the free-throw line, meaning the Granite Bears claimed 14 from the line out of 17 attempts courtesy of Gregory Greene, Sparks, Arrington, Graham, Smith and Donavon Greene. Arrington, Sparks and Smith were among the individuals were also produced a shot outside of their respective free throws.
In the loss, the top scorers for the Granite Bears were Arrington with 16, Donavon Greene with 15, Jackson Smith 13, and Graham 12.
Mount Airy continues play at Surry Central today at 8 pm.