EAST BEND — For the Forbush boys basketball team, it’s been an interesting season so far. Games have slipped away from them, as they entered Friday night’s rivalry match below .500.
Forbush made sure it’d get back to .500 Friday night with a 54-48 win over the Starmount Rams. The two teams were evenly matched all game, and leading 51-48 with 1:47 remaining, senior Carson Matthews drove it to the boards for the basket that put the game away.
It took a team effort on that play, and in actuality, the play was 30 minutes in the making. In the player’s minds, Starmount’s biggest threat on both sides of the ball entering the game was Kyler Gregory.
“I just set that high pick and roll and they passed it to the wing,” Matthews said. “We knew Kyler [Gregory] couldn’t get any more fouls because he was in foul trouble so I just went up with it.”
“We wanted to spread the floor so we can get it to Carson so he can post up on Kyler,” senior Hunter Chapman said. “That was our main goal… get him into foul trouble.”
The Forbush gymnasium was packed to capacity. The rivalry has only gotten more intense over the years, but Starmount has had the upper hand over the past four years.
“Over the past few years, our record was 1-9 against them. We had that written up on the board,” Chapman said. “We made it 2-9 tonight.”
All of the Falcons’ losses have come in overtime, and their week started with their third, a 62-59 loss to North Wilkes. Despite being 2-3 entering the night, the Falcons came into Friday night with plenty of confidence.
“One free throw, one possession, whatever, we treated it like we’re an undefeated basketball team going into it,” Head Coach Jody Christopherson said. “We’re just a possession away. We got Hunter back from a football injury. This is the first time since I’ve been around that I thought that we had more talent and I thought that we had that desire to win.”
Scoring for the Falcons was distributed among five plays, with Chapman leading with 16 points, Matthews with 15, and junior Logan Lineberry with 14. The Falcons also beat West Wilkes last Tuesday 79-72. The Falcons hosted Wilkes Central Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. and then traveled to East Wilkes Wednesday.
Friday’s matchup is a familiar one, as the Falcons are pitted against the Rams for the second time in a week. That game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s results were not available at press time.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.