Game Report on Northwest Guilford at Southwest Guilford Boys Basketball:Vikings hand Cowboys first loss of the season(Gore-NWG with 21 and Smith-SWG with 27 lead combatants)

Northwest Guilford 87, Southwest Guilford 80

It was an emotional night here at the Ranch as Southwest honored it’s graduating Senior class. Also before tip off, the Cowboys commemorated Junior Kameron Langley (and defending Conference POY) reaching the 1,000 point mark for his career in front of the home crowd. On top of that, it was a rematch between the top two teams in the Piedmont Triad Conference as the Vikings of Northwest looked to seek some revenge as well as be the first knock off the unbeaten Cowboys.

The Vikings have won the four in a row coming into tonight, and the Cowboys have kept the perfect record intact. Would the emotions of senior night be too much for the Cowboys to overcome? A win tonight would clinch the regular season championship for the fourth consecutive season.

The starting lineup of Seniors Orlando Smith, Kaymon Mitchell, Andre Jones, and Mantriel Reaves with Junior Kameron Langley got off to a strong start for the Cowboys. Southwest was on the board first, but Northwest quickly tied it up at 2 apiece. Senior Orlando Smith caught fire in the opening frame with 19 first quarter points with 5 three pointers and the Cowboys seemed to be running on all cylinders going up 29-15 at the close of the first.

The second quarter opened with Southwest still in control and by midway through the frame the margin was 41-21. Unfortunately for the hosts however, the engine light came on as the Vikings seized control going on a 14-5 run to close the half at 46-35.

The third quarter was owned by the Vikings as their determination to knock off the defending champions was undeniable. Uncharacteristic sloppy possessions and mental lapses on the defensive side of the ball led to a blitz of an offensive outpouring for the visitors as they took a 66-55 lead headed into the final frame.

The check engine light was glowing brightly still for the Cowboys as the engine seemed to be overheated as the lead peaked at 74-57 with 5:22 to play. On two separate times the Cowboys got the margin down to 6, but each time a defensive mistake led to an open basket for the Vikings. A three pointer cut it to 85-80 with 16 seconds to play, but the Cowboys couldn’t find a basket as the game closed at 87-80 in favor of the Vikings.

Southwest losses it’s first conference game in 2 years, and fails to clinch the regular season title. Northwest was led by Jalen Gore with 21 points and 17 huge points by Reggie Davis. Southwest was led by Orlando Smith with (27, 3 Rebs, 2 Stls), Kobe Langley with (22, 5 Rebs, 3 Stls), and Kameron Langley with (13, 8 Rebs, 7 Asts, 5 Stls).

Southwest drops to 22-1 overall and 8-1 in Conference play. The Cowboys close out the regular season at High Point Central still with a chance to clinch the Piedmont Triad Conference for the 4th consecutive year.

                 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  Final
Northwest        15   20   31   21   87
Southwest        29   17   09   25   80

Northwest (18-3, 8-1)
Jalen Spicer 10
Tre Turner 11
Thomas Hennigan 15
Riley Edwards 7
Jalen Gore 21
David Funderburg 6
Reggie Davis 17

Southwest (22-1, 8-1)
Keyshaun Langley 8
Orlando Smith 27
Kobe Langley 22
Kameron Langley 13
Cooper Cunningham 2, 2 Rebs
Kaymon Mitchell 8, 6 Rebs, 3 Asts, Stl

Courtesy of Southwest Guilford assistant coach Greg Vlazny

Game Notes from Northwest Coaching Staff


–Northwest Guilford and Southwest Guilford played an epic high school basketball game in what turned out to be a tale of two halves. The Cowboys came out on fire for their Senior Night and sprinted to a 19-4 lead midway through the 1st quarter in route to a 29-15 advantage by the end of the frame. The Vikings were able to put together a decent 2nd quarter as they cut the deficit to 10 at one point, but a 3 pointer at the halftime buzzer extended the Southwest lead to 13 points. Northwest came out with a level of intensity in the 3rd quarter that allowed them to overcome their double digit deficit and take a double digit lead of their own as they outscore Southwest 31-9 in that quarter. A back and forth 4th quarter setup a grand finale as both teams laid it all on the line. Northwest sored timely baskets to maintain their lead and held on for the thrilling 87-80 conference victory.
–Jaylen Gore led Northwest with 21 points and 7 assists while Reggie Davis finished with a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Thomas Hennigan contributed 15 points and 6 rebounds for the Vikings. Tre Turner had a double-double of his own as he totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals. Jalen Spicer also had a double-double of 10 points and 14 assists.
–Orlando Smith led Southwest with 27 points. Kobe Langley and Kameron Langley scored 18 and 17 points respectively for the Cowboys.

                     1st  2nd  3rd  4th  Final
NORTHWEST GUILFORD    15   20   31   21   87
SOUTHWEST GUILFORD    29   17    9   25   80

NORTHWEST GUILFORD 18-3; 8-1: Jaylen Gore 21; Reggie Davis 17; Thomas Hennigan 15; Tre Turner 11; Jalen Spicer 10; Riley Edwards 7; David Funderburg 6

SOUTHWEST GUILFORD 22-1; 8-1: Orlando Smith 27; Kobe Langley 18; Kameron Langley 17; Kaymon Mitchell 8; Keyshaun Langley 8; Cooper Cunningham 2

SPECIAL NOTE: Junior guard, Jalen Spicer, finished with 14 assists in the Vikings’ win vs. Glenn on 2/5/16. After statistics were verify by an independent 3rd party, we are pleased to announce that Jalen now has set the new single game record for assists by a Northwest player. The previous record of 12 assists was held by former Viking point guard Matt Pawlowski during the 2011-12 season.

Submitted by: Northwest Coaching Staff

Photos by Andy Gore
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