Southwest Guilford 82, West Forsyth 68
The Cowboys were looking to show up tonight as they host the visiting Titans of West Forysth. Southwest is looking to rebound after an abysmal performance at home last night, dropping the contest to Central.
Could the Cowboys regroup against a tough non-conference opponent?
The Titans scored first on the night to go up 2-0, but the teams traded baskets throughout the frame. The largest margin for either side was 4 points each as both teams traded spurts. A 3 pointer by the Cowboys just before the buzzer gave Southwest the 22-19 lead after the opening frame.
The Titans opened the scoring of this frame as well with a 5-0 spurt to take a 24-22 lead. The Cowboys responded with a small run of their own, however, the Titans seized control of the stanza and got the largest lead on the night at 34-26 at the 4:43 mark. Unlike last night, the Cowboys stayed composed and battled back and even reclaimed the lead with 30 seconds to go in the half at 42-41. The Titans once again responded with a pair of made free throws with 17 seconds to take the lead going in to the break at 43-42.
The third quarter was more of the same physical battle. For the third straight frame the Titans drew first blood to make it 45-42. Southwest clipped off 4 straight to take the 46-45 lead 45 seconds later. West Forsyth muscled another solid run to get the lead back out to 52-46 at the 5:20 mark. The Cowboys started chopping wood, and with a workman’s style of effort, chopped away and took the lead on an offensive rebound put back to take the 54-52 lead at the 2:50 point. Yet again, the Titans used another run to take control again at 57-54 with 2:50 to play in the quarter. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way with the Titans leading 59-58 going into the fourth.
The final frame was vintage Southwest Guilford basketball. Pressure, tempo, and easy buckets. The frame opened up with a steal and a bucket for the Cowboys to reclaim the lead, this time for good, at 60-59. A defensive stop and another layup made it 62-59. The Titans stopped the run to make it 62-61. The Cowboys then started to dominate both sides of the ball, holding the Titans scoreless for nearly 3 minutes and used tempo and turnovers to push the lead to 70-61. At the 4:04 mark, the Titans managed a 3 pointer to make it 70-64. Another 2 minutes of sold defense held the Titans scoreless and it was 78-64. Four straight steals helped seal the pulling away for the Cowboys to the tune of 82-68.
The Titans were led by Ben Uloku’s 23 points. The Cowboys played a solid team game and bounced back extremely well in the second half. Jayden Turner set the tone with another double double with (26, 15 Rebs, 3 Stls, 2 Asts), and Christian Martin with (19, 8 Rebs, 2 Stls, Ast). Milli Huggins also hit double figures with 13 points and 3 Assists.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final W. Forsyth 19 24 16 09 68 Southwest 22 20 16 24 82
West Forsyth (4-5)
Maverick LaRue 16
Ryan Ayers 15
Alex Reid 2
Jay Mitchell 2
Tyler Beckner 3
Jaylon Mcmillon 7
Ben Uloko 23
Southwest (7-3, 1-1)
Milli Huggins 13
JT Butler 8, 7 Asts, 5 Stls, 2 Rebs
Christian Martin 19
Jayden Turner 26
Ty Radford 3, Stl, Reb, Ast, Blk
Jalen Snipes 3 Rebs
Cooper Cunningham 9, 4 Asts, 2 Rebs
Joel Pettiford 4, 2 Rebs
Courtesy of SWG assistant coach Greg Vlazny