The Cowboys hit the road to face off against the Vikings of North Forsyth.
Both teams were looking to build on the momentum of solid victories on Friday night. The Vikings with a win on the road at Dudley, and the Cowboys with a complete game victory at home against Parkland. The Cowboys were hoping to solidify at least a 3rd place finish in the conference with a win, while North Forsyth wanted to try and catch up to those same Dudley Panthers in the standings.
The Cowboys jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead at the 6:30 mark. The Vikings responded with a 4-0 spurt of their own to cut it to 6-4 by the 5:06 point. That would be the trend on the night with the teams trading runs. The Vikings clawed back to tie the game up at 10-10 with 1:27 to play. Back to back three pointers by the Cowboys made it 16-10 with just 38 seconds to go. But once again the Vikings replied with a run of their own to close the opening frame at 16-15.
The second quarter was a continuation as the teams matched each other shot for shot. North Forsyth took the lead for the first time on the night at 24-22, and then a made free throw got it at 25-22 with 4:20 to go in the half. Another mistake and basket by the Vikings got it to 27-24. Better possessions on both sides of the ball got the Cowboys right back ahead at 29-27 with 58 seconds to go. The Vikings tied it up, and the Cowboys closed the half with a basket of their own to take the lead at the break at 31-29.
The second half was the same story, as the Cowboys got the lead up to 36-32. The Vikings got right back into it and tied the game up for the last time at 36-36 at the 5:20 point. A strong 7-0 run helped the Cowboys seize control back with 43-36 with 4:12 to go in the stanza. Southwest kept the Vikings at arms length and closed the frame up 53-47.
The final frame was more of the same motif as the Cowboys continued to keep the lead just out of reach. The Cowboys used a quick spurt to push the margin to 63-53 at the 4:02 point. North Forsyth kept attacking, but the Cowboys got enough stops to get the lead out to 70-57 with a thunderous dunk at the 1:55 point. The Vikings would not go away quietly on their senior night, and was able to fight and claw, but it was too little, too late. The Cowboys prevailed on the road for a 75-69 conference win.
Anthony Hicks lead the way for North Forsyth with 23 points. The Cowboys were paced by Christian Martin with (20 points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists), Cam Thompson with (16 points, 3 Rebounds), Jayden Turner with (16 points, 8 Rebounds, 2 Assists).
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final N. Forsyth 15 14 18 22 69 Southwest 16 15 22 22 75
N. Forsyth (12-11, 3-8)
Dedric Hickman 3
Tyreke McNeil 7
Anthony Hicks 23
Deante Petree 15
Marquan Matthews 3
David Payne 3
Chance Myers 2
Naim Evans 3
Jordan Oaks 10
Southwest (17-6, 7-4)
Cam Thompson 16 points
JT Butler 8 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds
Christian Martin 20 points
Jayden Turner 16 points
Ty Radford 2 points
Jalen Snipes 2 points
Cooper Cunningham 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Joel Pettiford 2 points
Courtesy of SWG assistant coach Greg Vlazny