WS Prep boys 65, East Forsyth 47
East Forsyth - 12- 8-11-16 -- 47 Winston-Salem Prep - 12-13-17-23 -- 65
EAST FORSYTH (8-3) Shemar Watkins 12, Mahaffey 9, Hairston 8, Samuels 4, AJ Hall 4, Nichols 3, McCummings 3, Brintley 2, Sparrow 2.
W-S PREP (7-3) Davien Williamson 20, Zach Austin 14, KJ Watson 12, Gwyn 8, Goodloe 6, Rutherford 5.
Top-seeded Winston-Salem Prep delivered the first-ever Frank Spencer Tournament championship for Head Coach Andre Gould with a resounding 65-47 win over East Forsyth in the title game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem Thursday night.
Prep ended a tight first half with an Zach Austin shot at the buzzer to open up a five-point margin (25-20), then scored 15 of the next 20 points in the first six minutes of the second half to extend its lead to 40-25. The Phoenix were never challenged down the stretch, leading by as many as 21 (65-44) in the final minute.
The Eagles, now 8-3, crippled their effort to win a sixth Spencer title for East Forsyth with 20 turnovers, 14 in the first half, while Prep committed half as many against an Eagles’ defense that had been a staple of its run to the tournament title game.
Spencer MVP Davien Williamson led all scorers with 20 points while teammates Austin (14 points, 6 rebounds) & K.J. Watson (12 points, 7 rebounds) dominated the paint for the winners. Shemar Watkins led East with 12 points & Connor Sparrow had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Joining Williamson on the All-Tournament team were Prep’s Austin & Chaz Gwyn, East’s Watkins & Ben Uloko from West Forsyth. East returns to action next Wednesday night at home against Mount Tabor, who the Eagles defeated in the Spencer semifinals to reach Thursday’s championship game.
Courtesy of East Forsyth assistant Coach Bill Armour