MOUNT AIRY — Forbush’s boys gave it all they had in their third meeting of the year with Western Piedmont 2A bully North Surry.
Unfortunately, they ran into a buzzsaw named Mason Hawks. The Falcons fell to North Surry, 79-62.
The Falcons held Hawks, named the Conference Player of the Year last week, without a single point in the opening quarter of Tuesday night’s NCHSAA 2A playoff opener against the Greyhounds. Then Forbush stepped it up a little more.
North Surry, leading just 15-13 after one, stretched its lead to 20-13 two minutes into the second quarter. At that point, the Falcons struck back hard, getting baskets from Carson Matthews and Hunter Chapman before a 3-pointer from the left wing by Logan Lineberry tied the game at 20 with 4:08 to go before intermission.
The underdog Falcons were giving the league champs all they wanted and then some. Then Hawks happened.
In a span of two minutes, the Greyhounds’ junior point guard outscored Forbush 11-4 all by himself, giving North Surry a lead it would never relinquish.
After Lineberry’s three, Hawks raced back down the court and let it fly, draining a three for his first points of the contest. The Falcons responded with a basket on each of their next two possessions, only to see Hawks gun in two more threes, the third one from near NBA range to give North Surry a 29-24 advantage. Then the Greyhounds stole the ball in the frontcourt and brought it back the other way. Hawks scored on a putback for a 31-24 lead.
Forbush called a quick time-out, but North Surry didn’t let up, extending the lead to 38-27 by halftime.
The start of the second half saw the Greyhounds pounding the ball inside. The Falcons continued to fight back, and drew within 10 at 42-32 when Micah Cranfill knocked down a three from the wing about two minutes into the third quarter. However, the state’s fourth-ranked 2A team according to MaxPreps.com wasn’t letting up, quickly pushing the lead back to 14 with back-to-back baskets.
From there, the Falcons seemed to run out of gas, and North Surry steadily increased its lead until well into the fourth quarter. Forbush finished the game strong, but it was too little, too late.
Hawks led the Hounds with 21 points to go with five assists and five rebounds, with Carter Phillips adding 15 points to go with 10 assists.
Lineberry led the Falcons with 13 points. Cranfill and Chapman added 12 each. Matthews added 10, Travis Gardner six, Jarrett Hall four, Jared Bowman three and Jackson Cooper two.
The game was the final one for seniors Jake Widener, Chapman, Matthews and Lucas Kennedy.