West Forsyth 68, East Forsyth 53
East Forsyth 20-16- 9- 8 -- 53 West Forsyth 12-15-16-25 -- 68
East Forsyth (5-19) Brion Jones 21, Rhodes 8, Timmons 8, Reeves 7, Thorns 4, Ritchens 3, Lyles 2.
West Forsyth (6-19) Kris Mickens 22, Jake Hill 13, CJ Smith 12, Bralen Morris 12, Crenshaw 4, Scott 2, Baskerville 2, Beckner 1.
West Forsyth’s withering defense & relentless rebounding effort reversed an early 12-point deficit and ended East Forsyth”s season with a resounding 68-53 win over the visiting Eagles in the first round of the Central Piedmont 4A Conference Tournament. The win moved the Titans, winners of five of their last seven games, into the CPC semifinals tomorrow night at Reagan HS against top-seeded RJ Reynolds.
East Forsyth steadily built a first half lead of as many as 13 points (25-12) early in the second period & led by nine at the half, making 15 of its 20 field goal attempts. But West Forsyth came out with different energy at the start of the second half, reducing the Eagles’ lead to two (45-43) at the start of the final period behind dominant board play & increased pressure against the visitors.
The Titans took their first lead early in the final period (47-45) after back to back turnovers by EF’s Zyun Reeves & Jalen Thorns led to run-up baskets for West, which held the Eagles scoreless for seven minutes down the stretch scoring 15 straight points to take a 56-47 lead & never look back.
Kris Mickens scored a game-high 23 points for the winners & Bralen Morris was among three other Titans in double figures with 12 points in addition to his game-high 14 rebounds including 3 of West’s five offensive rebounds for baskets in the game. The Titans dominated the glass on the night, out-rebounding East 40-28 to advance to the CPC semifinals.
Senior Brion Jones scored a season-high 21 points in his final game for East Forsyth after leading the Eagles with 16 points in a narrow Senior Night defeat to RJ Reynolds on Friday night.
Courtesy of East Forsyth assistant boys basketball coach, Bill Armour