EAST BEND - Like the girls’ side, the Falcons boys’ team dropped two heart-breaking games to stout Wilkes County squads last week.
In a back-and-forth contest Friday night against West Wilkes, Forbush let a late lead slip away, falling 49-44. On Tuesday against North Wilkes, the Falcons saw another fourth-quarter advantage vanish, dropping a tough 68-63 decision.
Against the Blackhawks, Barrett Hennings hit a layup on a drive to give Forbush a 44-42 lead with 48 seconds remaining. But West fought back and closed on a 7-2 run, helped by two late turnovers, to pull out the five-point victory.
Hennings paced the offense with 14 points on the night.
Against the Vikings, the Falcons once again held a fourth-quarter lead, but were unable to close out the win.
Forbush started slow and only scored seven points in the opening period. But back-to-back 22-point frames gave the Falcons an 51-49 edge heading into the fourth.
North found its rhythm and outscored used a 19-12 scoring advantage in the quarter to pull out the 68-63 victory.
Hennings and Hunter Gooden powered the Falcons with 19 points apiece, while Mason Doub added eight. Tyler Johnson and Matthew Stanley tacked on four points each. Gooden knocked down five treys on the night.
Forbush closed out the calendar year at 1-7 on the season and 1-3 in the Mountain Valley Conference. The Falcons will return to action on January 4 against Yadkin County rival Starmount in Boonville.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or email@example.com.