WS Reagan 48, Mount Tabor 46
Reagan - 7-14-16-11 -- 48 Mount Tabor - 6- 5-17-18 -- 46
Reagan (14-8, 7-6) Rogers 16, Ellison 8, KJ Ford 8, Jackson 6, Quarless 6, Corbin 2, Leonard 2.
Mount Tabor (14-8, 8-5) Tyler Bailey 17, Jayshawn Torrence 12, Shay 5, Snook Peterkin 4, Simmons 3, Campbell 2, JP Peterkin 2, Peral 1.
Reagan capped off a dominant defensive performance with a tenacious finish to defeat Mount Tabor 48-46 on the Spartans’ home floor Tuesday night in a crucial Central Piedmont 4A Conference game in Winston-Salem.
The Raiders, who won their fourth CPC contest in eight days, trailed only once (6-4) midway through the first period and limited the high-scoring Spartans to only 11 first-hand points with stifling man-to-man defense. Reagan expanded it’s halftime lead (21-11) to 14 points (36-22) with two minutes remaining in the third quarter before Tabor began to chip away at the lead over the next six minutes.
The Spartans’ pressure created free throw opportunities (17-20 in the second half) & helped them pull even with the visitors at 40-40 at the midpoint of the final period. But freshman guard KJ Ford hit a floater in the lane to put Reagan back in front and Jalil Rogers hit five of six free throws in the next three minutes to open the lead back up to 47-41 with 1:07 remaining.
Joah Shay made two free throws on the next Spartans’ next possession and after two open possessions by each time in the final minute, Jayshawn Torrence made a desperation three-pointer with 1.1 seconds on the clock to cut the Mount Tabor deficit to one at 47-46.
But confusion ensued with both teams & coaching staffs on the floor, leading to a technical foul being called on the Spartans. Rogers made one of two technical free throws & Reagan successfully inbounded the ball to seal the win.
The victory was the first by Reagan over Mount Tabor since January 25, 2017, a streak of 14 straight defeats. It was also the first win by Raiders’ second-year Head Coach Adam Muse over his father, Spartans’ Head Coach Andy Muse, a winner of 500+ games during his tenure at Mount Tabor. Grandfather Tom Muse, an assistant for the Spartans, was also at 500+ game winner during his time as Head Coach at Parkland High School in Winston-Salem.
Rogers led the winning effort with 16 points, one fewer than Tabor’s Tyler Bailey with a game-high 17 points. Sophomore Reagan center Cooper Jackson led all rebounders with 10 and junior guard Caleb Ellison added eight points and eight rebounds for the winners.
Reagan returns to the court Friday night for its CPC regular season finale at RJ Reynolds, who defeated the Raiders in a contentious battle in Pfafftown two weeks ago. The CPC tournament begins next week with first-round games on the courts of the top-four higher-seeded teams. Semifinal & final games will be played at West Forsyth High School.
Courtesy of Coach Bill Armour with Reagan Raiders Boys Basketball