Rivalries run deep and none were more evident than Tuesday night’s South vs. West Stokes basketball game. In a packed gymnasium with standing room only the Sauras defeated West 44-42 in the final second with a layup from senior Bryson Misenheimer.
“All I heard going down the sideline was ‘Keep going! Keep going!’ I wasn’t even sure if it went in until Tre (Scales) nearly tackled me,” Misenheimer said.
After a close matchup stretching into overtime earlier this season South’s coach Jason Clark expected the game to be competitive.
“We’re in a strong conference and you have to be ready to play your best every night,” he said.
After being tied 15-15 at halftime, Reid Fulk put West Stokes ahead with a long three in the top of the third quarter. But South inched ahead 25-22 moving into the last eight minutes.
The Sauras took their largest lead of the night with four minutes left in the game. The 34-25 cushion didn’t last long after sophomore Wes Ayers sunk a three and Fulk followed up with another.
South raked in free throws from Michal Phillips and Jalyn Simmons.
The Wildcats were still trailing when Kameron Wall put up a shot that looked to go in, but bounced out. Teammate Andrew Spainhour rebounded the ball, and pushed it in.
Misenheimer was fouled and made both shots.
Ayers flew through the Sauras defense to land another three-pointer.
With 20 seconds left in the game, and a slew of Sauras defenders surrounding Fulk, he threw up the ball and made a three-point shot to tie the game.
“I thought here we go again,” Clark said. “I didn’t want to do it because I felt like we had been in control and had some momentum and it was going to swing their way if we let it. But I have to give them credit, they finished it. They played hard and I’m really proud of them.”
Misenheimer took the ball to the basket and scored the winning point with a layup as the buzzer sounded, breaking South’s 21-game streak loss to West Stokes.
“We needed to make some shots we didn’t make. They did a good job defensively,” said Wildcat coach Dan Spainhour. “It was a good high school basketball game and a big win for South.”
Both teams travel Friday night. South plays North Surry and West Carver.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.