Bison hold off Red Raiders, 60-55

Jan. 04, 2014 @ 12:59 AM

The High Point Central boys were disappointed with how they played in their overtime loss to rival T.W. Andrews earlier this season.

The second time around, though, they played better – particularly down the stretch – in beating the Red Raiders 60-55 on Friday at Central.

“We let them get that one, going to overtime – it should’ve never gone to overtime,” Bison senior forward Juwan Foggie said. “So, coming over here, we needed to stake our claim. …

“It stuck with us for a couple days. It was a bitter loss. This was a good win. Now we have some momentum as we’re about to go into conference. So, hopefully we can keep this up.”

Trevor Gay scored 21 points, including a couple key 3-pointers in the fourth, to lead the Bison (8-3), while Michal Seals and Foggie each added 13. Xavier Davis scored 17 points to lead Andrews (3-7), while Nilyn Withers had 14 and Marquez Welch followed with 12.

“I thought we played really well in the first quarter and really well in the fourth quarter, which happily finished the game,” Central coach Patrick Battle said with a smile. “Our effort was better. Last time, we thought we’d come in and get an easy win, and Andrews played us too hard.

“We talked a lot about taking advantage of our opportunities (down the stretch), that’s what we talked about. When we get a chance to score the ball, we need to score the ball. I thought we did a good job of taking care of rebounding and making free throws.”

The Red Raiders surged ahead with a couple baskets in a tight, back-and-forth battle to lead 41-36 heading to the fourth. But Central rallied to lead by three thrice midway through the quarter. The last time, though, Andrews’ Withers and Davis scored five straight points to lead 55-53 with 1:23 left.

The Bison, however, answered with seven straight points – including six from Foggie: a bank shot in the key and two pairs of free throws. Meanwhile, Andrews missed shots that would’ve put it ahead, then would’ve tied the game, and finally two 3s that would’ve cut into the lead.

“We just made too many mistakes, and they played well, played hard,” Red Raiders coach Cleaver Rennie said. “There were a couple shots that went in that we didn’t want to go in, but we just had too many mental mistakes. It was ours to give away, and we just had too many mistakes. …

“We had shots we were looking to take. But anytime our leading scorer ends up with two points, that’s a problem. But kids have tough games. Tonight (Chris Eatmon) just had a tough game. As a coach, I don’t think that was the determining factor – we just needed more.”

With exams and the start of conference play looming next week, Andrews next plays Saturday evening at Dudley at 6, while Central next plays Wednesday at home against Northeast Guilford.