Basketball Playoff Action: SW @ Mt. Tabor

The Cowboys of Southwest hit the road to Winston Salem to take on the Spartans of Mount Tabor in the 2nd round of the State 4A playoffs on Wednesday night. The Spartans came out strong forcing turnovers and bad possessions by the visitors and got up 11-2. Southwest started to chip away and managed to get the first quarter tally to 15-10. The second quarter opened with another strong start by the Spartans getting the lead up to 21-12, but the Cowboys wouldn’t go away. Southwest scored in a hurry and took the lead at 33-31 with 1:10 to play in the half. But Mt. Tabor ended the half with 4 straight points to reclaim the lead for good going up 34-33. The second half had the Southwest not find a rhythm on either side of the floor. They couldn’t get a defensive stop, nor put the ball in the basket. The Spartans used their length well and outscored the Cowboys 18-10 in the frame to make it 52-43. The fourth quarter was the same story as the Spartans kept pushing the lead out while the Cowboys couldn’t get anything done as the hosts pulled away for a 81-60 win. Southwest was lead by Ray Bridges (12). Mount Tabor was lead by Deion Robinson (24), Matty Madigan (18), Lepreece Lynch (14).

                   1st   2nd    3rd    4th   Final
   Mt. Tabor       18    19     18     29     81
   Southwest       10    23     10     17     60

Mt. Tabor: Jonathan Booker 2, TreQuan Lewis 3, Matthew Madigan 18, Nate Long 4, Tom Wellborn 2, Deion Robinson 24, Torey Baskin 2, Lepreece Lynch 14, Tyquan Bitting 7, Nate Bush 2, Rae Brown 3.

Southwest: Ray Bridges 12, Herbie Bridges 1, Jordan Hanner 7, Braxton Daye 6, KJ Langley 4, Brandon Clyburn 9, Daquan Bethea 4, Saxon Cotton 8, Tyliek Brister 9.