The Cowboys played hosts for tonight’s matchup against the Vikings of Northwest Guilford. Both teams come into tonight’s bout unbeaten in Conference play, and were looking to maintain sole possession of first place.
From the tip this was a dog fight. Northwest quickly got ahead 3-0, and then the teams traded baskets and the lead with Southwest gaining the largest lead of the game at the time at 12-7 at the 3:35 mark. Again the teams traded baskets until a 10-1 run by the Vikings to end the frame pushed the #6 ranked visitors ahead 25-17.
The second quarter opened with a Cowboys basket, but once again went cold from the field, and by the 6:28 mark Northwest pushed their lead to 32-19. Southwest slowly lassoed the Vikings within reach by the 4:42 mark at 35-29. The fight didn’t stop their. For the second time in as many games this week, the Cowboys celebrated a 1,000 point mark with an important 3 pointer. This one belonging to Ben Ferguson, whose 1,000th point cut the game to 45-43 with 1:52 to go in the half. Northwest outscored the Cowboys from the free-throw line to close out the half taking it to 48-47.
The second half opened with a Southwest score to take their first lead since late in the first quarter at 49-48, But it was short lived as Northwest responded on the ensuing possession.The teams traded baskets the entire frame until a late 5-0 run by the Vikings again gave them the lead at 72-67 going into the final quarter.
The last 8 minutes were action packed, as the Cowboys opened the frame with a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 74-72 at the 6:50 mark. Northwest tied the ball game on the next possession but back to back 3 balls by the Cowboys gave the Cowboys an 80-74 lead at the 5:10 mark that seemed to seize control of the game. The teams traded some baskets and with just under 2 minutes to play the Cowboys were up 87-79. Northwest began fouling, and it started to work. Poor free throw shooting at the end of the game made the final minute very intense. The lead got up to 9, but again missing free throws on the Cowboys part gave life for the Vikings. With only 3.9 seconds remaining, Southwest allowed the Vikings to get it all the way to 96-93, but the Cowboys were able to hold on and defend their homecourt and remain unbeaten in conference play winning 96-93.
Northwest was led by Jalen Gore with 23. Southwest was led by KJ Langley who took over in the second half with 31, 3 Rebs, 2 Asts, 2 Stls, and Kameron Langley with 21, 8 Rebs, 6 Asts, 2 Blks, 2 Stls, and Jace Yeoman with 16 huge points off the bench, 5 Rebs. Kaymon Mitchell also chipped in with 12, and 9 Rebs.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Northwest 25 23 24 21 93 Southwest 17 30 20 29 96
Northwest (16-2, 3-1)
Jalen Spicer 23
Tre Turner 9
Kevin Henry 12
Scam Covington 18
Jalen Gore 23
Thomas Hennigan 6
Reggie Davis 9
Southwest (15-4, 5-0)
Jace Yeoman 16
KJ Langley 31
Ben Ferguson 9, 6 Rebs, 2 Asts
Orlando Smith 7, 2 Rebs
Kam Langley 21
Kaymon Mitchell 12
Submitted by Greg Vlazny
NORTHWEST GUILFORD GAME NOTES:
–Northwest Guilford was unable to overcome a great effort by the Southwest Cowboys in a fiercely contested Piedmont-Triad 4A conference game. The Cowboys took control of the game in the fourth quarter and held off the Vikings with a 96-93 victory. Northwest held an early led in the 1st quarter and were up 34-20 at one point in the 2nd quarter. Southwest chipped away and executed their press break with great success to claw back into the ballgame by the half and cut the Vikings lead to a single point at 48-47.
–The Vikings were led by Jaylen Gore who finished with 23 points. Sam Covington and Jalen Spicer contributed 18 and 16 points respectively. Kevin Henry provided a huge spark off the bench with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Northwest. The Vikings got contributions from Reggie Davis and Tre Turner who both added 9 points apiece.
–KJ Langley led the Cowboys with 31 points while Kameron Langley scored 21 points for Southwest. Jace Yeoman made 4 crucial 3-point baskets off the bench as he added 16 points.
SOUTHWEST GUILFORD 14-4; 4-0: KJ Langley 31; Kameron Langley 21; Jace Yeoman 16; Kayman Mitchell 12; Ben Ferguson 9; Orlando Smith 7
NORTHWEST GUILFORD 16-2; 3-1: Jaylen Gore 23; Sam Covington 18; Jalen Spicer 16; Kevin Henry 12; Tre Turner 9; Reggie Davis 9; Thomas Henningan 6
Submitted by: Northwest Coaching Staff
Photos by Andy Gore. Click any picture for larger image or to see slide show.