Rams buck Elkin in rivalry mismatch
Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter
The Starmount Rams boys basketball team showed Elkin who’s boss on Friday night with a rivalry conference game victory that was anything but competitive.
The standing-room-only game was held at Elkin High School. The final result was 72-37 Rams.
The Rams improve to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in conference.
The Buckin’ Elks fall to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in conference.
A dominating Starmount attacked quickly with fast court action that resulted in an early lead. When the team wasn’t with fast break opportunities, its flex offensive approach and pick and roll strategy crippled an Elkin team that rarely communicated with each other when cuts across the key were being made by Starmount.
The Rams never trailed in the game.
Since tip-off, the Elks were flat, rarely in sync and shooting air balls early. The team had difficulty in communicating with each other, often being drowned out by Starmount fans who were cheering on their Rams.
In the second half, the Rams held Elkin to only 14 points. Elkin scored only five points in the third quarter.
Senior Gunner Cass of Starmount saw the net in the second half by scoring 10 of his 15 points.
Power forward Kyler Gregory, only a sophomore at Starmount, muscled his way in the inside to lead the team with 16 points. Gregory also pulled down seven rebounds.
Starmount junior, Trey Bryant, pulled down nine rebounds in the game.
Nine of 11 Starmount players scored in the game.
Elkin wasn’t without impressive moments though. At times, junior and guard Jamiles Hayes showed he was not afraid of penetrating the paint. Hayes finished the game with a team high of nine points.
The ball was seen moving around the perimeter by Elkin and often seen in the hands of guards Josiah Blevins and Eric Kelly, but in the absence of any inside dominating presence, the Buckin’ Elks were easy to guard.
An honorable mention goes to Elkin’s Kody King, a junior who plays forward. King continuously challenged Starmount board penetration resulting in a few Ram basket rejections.
Elkin didn’t box out though. Starmount rebounded 22 of Elkin’s missed opportunities. Elkin often struggled to transition back on defense.
“Get back. Get back,” yelled Elkin Coach Ken Abrams continuously.
Starmount Coach Rocky Horton said after the game was over he had only a few words for his team.
“I didn’t say a lot of words to them,”said Horton on the locker room conversation. “What I did say to them was that the way they executed the game says a whole lot about the team. The coaching staff expects this type of performance.We feel we have a talented team.”
The Rams recently lost a non-conference game by four points to North Stokes, but will face them in a re-match Thursday at the Alleghany Christmas Tournament. Starmount also heads to Mount Airy on Saturday to face a strong Bears team.
Elkin, who’s in the same tournament, will travel to face North Stokes on Friday. North Stokes is 5-5 overall.
Abrams was unavailable after the game for comment.
A halftime performance by the Elk Legacy dazzled the audience with a synchronized cheer routine. The Elk Legacy is a level 2 school recreational cheerleading team, according to Coach Sharon Collins.
The Elkin High School Choir was showcased during the rivalry by singing the National Anthem prior to the game.
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