Bison turn back Glenn boys, 44-39
Juwan Foggie got the first rebound but missed the shot. No matter, as teammate Germaine Pratt came soaring down the lane for a tip-in.
“We needed it,” Pratt said. “The momentum was on their side at that point.”
High Point Central’s dynamic duo dominated in the closing minutes Friday night to lead the Bison to a 44-39 victory over Glenn. After a 16-0 burst to open the game, Central found itself in a struggle that saw the Bobcats lead three times in the fourth quarter, but never by more than two points.
Credit Foggie and Pratt with that. Pratt scored six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added six rebounds and four blocked shots. Foggie only scored four points, but grabbed seven rebounds and made the play of the game with 24 seconds left.
Glenn’s Najee Hairston drove the lane and hit a floater to apparently tie the game while drawing contact with Foggie. After some 15 seconds conferring, the referees called it a charge. The Bison kept their 41-39 lead and padded the final margin with three Michal Seals foul shots.
“All year we’ve talked about those two leading us anywhere we go,” Central coach Patrick Battle said of Foggie and Pratt. “They’re the best two athletes in our school. As long as they lead us, we have a chance.”
Central (8-7, 3-1 Piedmont Triad 4A) used its hot start to send Glenn reeling. Kevin Green nailed three 3-pointers, Jamal Thompson slashed into the lane for four points and the Bison defense caused four turnovers and helped Glenn miss its first 10 shots for that 16-0 lead.
A 3 by Domonique Archie finally hit home with 22 seconds remaining in the quarter, and Yannis Bowden capped the period with a putback to trim the deficit to a more manageable 19-6.
“We acted like we didn’t want to get off the bus tonight,” Bobcats coach Monty Gray said. “I tried to keep my cool. I knew it would just take some time for us to hit some shots. It was a great game. Our kids fought hard.”
Marques Henderson led Glenn with 11 points, while Bowden and Daquan Faulk starred in the post for the Bobcats (5-11, 1-3). Faulk finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Bowden had nine points and eight boards. Glenn did, however, miss five free throws in the fourth quarter.
After shooting 8 for 12 in the first quarter, the Bison cooled considerably and scored just 15 points in the second and third periods combined.
“That’s just not who we are,” a smiling Battle said of the hot early shooting. “We’ve never shot it that well before. I think we lost a little bit of focus, got too excited, but in the fourth quarter they finished the game.”
In the girls game, Dominique Claytor, Ariahanna Cosby and Johnaisha Watson each scored six points in a decisive second quarter to spark Glenn’s 66-22 romp. Claytor’s balanced outing included six points in each of the first three quarters before finishing with 21. Cosby drained four 3-pointers and ended with 16 points, while Watson finished with 12.
The Bobcats (7-8, 2-2) led the winless Bison just 14-6 after the opening quarter, but rolled 21-2 in the second to build a commanding lead that would not be threatened. Glenn’s defense forced 24 turnovers in the first half.
Central got eight points from Jalesa Lopez, seven from Qualisha Blakely and five from Kierra Currie.