Northwest sweeps HP Central
Northwest Guilford boys basketball coach Lee Reavis readily admits that can be the deciding factor for his Vikings.
It certainly played a key in a 71-49 romp over host High Point Central in a Piedmont Triad 4A contest at Southwest Guilford.
After both teams scorched the net from the outside in the first quarter, Northwest found the range again with six treys in the second half and pulled away while Central couldn’t keep pace.
“We struggled with our shooting the past two games so it was nice to see the ball go in the basket again,” Reavis said after the Vikings improved to 15-5, 6-3 PTC. “We hit some shots and that energizes our defense and we got some turnovers.”
The deciding outside biltz came after Central’s Kevin Green hit a 3 at the start of the third quarter to put the Bison up 33-28. Northwest then went on a 21-3 run sparked by the last two of Cody Hilton’s six 3s that accounted for all of his 18 points, one trey that helped Mike Powell to a game-high and two 3s from Coldon Everett, who scored 10.
“I thought they did a good job shadowing Cody and Mike in the first half,” Reavis said. “We were getting looks in the first half but they were rushed. In the second half, we were more patient running our offense, did a good job of setting screens and eventually got open.”
The run put the viking up 49-36 with just over a minute left in the third. With a 6-0 run that included Germain Pratt’s tip at the buzzer at the end of the period and two quick buckets at the start of the fourth, the second on MIchael Seals’ layup after a steal, the Bison cut the margin to 49-42. They had a chance to cut it more after another Viking turnover, but a 3-point attempt clanked off the rim. Northwest then scored 20 of the next 22 points for its biggest lead at 69-44.
“We didn’t play good defense,” Central coach Patrick Battle said after the Bison dropped to 9-10. 3-4. “We missed some assignments. And when we get behind like that, we have to come back with our defense because we’re not an offensive team.”
Central was good on the offensive end in the first quarter as it matched Northwest’s five 3s and led 22-21 going to the second. Green led the bison with 12 and Ahmad Langham had 11.
“We hit those shots at the beginning,” Battle said. “We kept shooting them. quit trying to go inside and relied too much on our outside shot.”
In the girls game, Northwest took control at the start and prevailed. 67-19.
Kierra Currie scored all but two of the Bison points as her 17-point effort was anchored by four 3s. Brandi Burrell led Northwest with 18 while Erin Stauton had 16,
Central plays host to Parkland on Tuesday.