Cowboys tie for PTC title with win over HPC
The Southwest Guilford boys shook away the rust of a week off during the second quarter and maintained their double-digit lead throughout the second half in beating rival High Point Central 79-56 on Monday night at Central.
D.J. Chamblee had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists to lead the Cowboys (19-5, 8-2 Piedmont Triad 4A), who tied with East Forsyth, which lost to Northwest Guilford 75-71 in overtime Monday, for the regular-season title.
East Forsyth and Southwest will determine the top seeds for the conference tournament likely by coin toss Tuesday. The weather-shortened tournament will be Thursday and Friday at Ragsdale, and whichever of the two teams goes deeper will be the PTC’s No. 1 seed.
“It’s amazing,” coach Guy Shavers said. “A week or so ago, we weren’t sure we were going to have a chance. I’m glad it worked out for us. The guys have fought hard all year. We had some adversity with the snow and weather, so it’s great for our program.
“Our big concern was the layoff, and I was really proud of how the guys came out and had that fire in them. I was really proud of the role players like Andrew Bullock, Austen Zente. So, it was nice to get several people involved, and that’s a big help for us.”
K.J. Langley also had 16 points, while Ben Ferguson added 12 for the Cowboys. Michal Seals scored 12 points, while Rahmon Barnes and Trevor Gay each had 11 to lead the Bison (11-10, 2-7), whose playoff hopes now ride on a wild-card berth.
They play Tuesday night at Ragsdale, looking for one final win to help improve their chances after a lax second quarter, in which Southwest outscored them 25-15 to lead 36-23 at halftime, put them in too deep a deficit from which to dig out in the second half.
“I don’t think we played hard enough to win,” coach Patrick Battle said. “We had spurts where we played hard, but not continuously enough to win the game. The intensity just kind of fell off, wasn’t there in the second quarter – I don’t know why, it just wasn’t.
“I hope it was because of (the week off). But it’s Senior Night, and I’d hope we’d play harder than that. Tomorrow means a lot. It won’t make a lot of difference in the conference, but we’re trying to get a good record and maybe get a wild card for the playoffs.”
Leading 15-12 with 5:35 left in the second quarter, Southwest went on a 12-4 run, keyed by four points by Chamblee, to lead 27-16 with 3:08 left that helped it lead 36-23 into halftime. Its lead never dipped below 11 for the rest of the game.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Chamblee said. “We’re just trying to get some momentum heading into the playoffs and try to make a deep run. … I think we just got better defensive stops (in the second), got on the break, good rebounds.
“We tried to make them shoot as many jump shots as possible. They started hitting them, but sooner or later they’ve got to miss. They started to miss, and we got open layups.”