South Stokes coach Jason Clark said it was no surprise to him to see North Stokes shooting the ball well.
“I told the boys I hate playing them because I have so much respect for their program, the coach and the kids. They’re a good team and it was good competition tonight,” Clark said.
South clinched their third win in four days after defeating North 56-52.
“Our effort was up and down at times, but they played hard. I thought we came out strong in the first quarter, but second and third it was flat. Luckily, we came back in the fourth,” Clark said.
Ben Bowen, South’s 6’8 sophomore, tacked on 8 points in the first quarter pacing the Sauras to a 24-15 lead at halftime.
“We were moving slow in the beginning,” said North’s coach David Anderson. “They heated it up and made a little run.”
North rallied in the third quarter tying the game 35-35.
Bowen added two more points pushing South ahead once again and teammate Tre Scales scored with a shot from under the basket.
Minutes later, with the score tied again at 45-45, North struggled with turnovers.
“Coming out of that tie and timeout, South went on to make plays and we didn’t. We turned it over and they scored. In a tight ballgame possessions here and there matter. They made plays down the stretch and we didn’t,” Anderson said. “But games like this are going to help us get ready for conference play.”
South Stokes 16 8 11 21 – 56
North Stokes 6 9 20 17 – 52
South Stokes hosts McMichael on Thursday and North hosts East Surry on Friday.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.