West Forsyth pulls away to top Cass
by Jason Greenberg
Nov 30, 2013 | 1105 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When one basketball team gets to the free throw line 27 times in a game, and the other three, the latter typically will win the game.

That was the scenario Friday night at Cass High as the Colonels shot 24 less free throws than West Forsyth and lost the game 69-47 in the first game of the Hoops for Hope Tournament.

“If you’re playing somebody and they shoot [27] free throws to your three, then you’re going to get beat,” Cass head coach Greg Scott said.

Cass stuck with West Forsyth throughout the first half and played well during the first two quarters.

The Colonels outrebounded West Forsyth by five and had just five turnovers.

Still, West Forsyth had a two-point lead at halftime on the strength of its 10-of-18 shooting from the field.

Senior post player Justin Reed had eight points and two blocks in the first half as he was able to take advantage of his strength against West Forsyth’s lean frontcourt.

Cass went a three-minute span without scoring when West Forsyth switched to a zone defense in the first quarter before Chavez Hendrix hit a 3-pointer and Jordan Morning hit two more to break the drought.

As a result, the Colonels trailed by a score of 28-26 at halftime.

However, West Forsyth stuck with the 2-3 zone in the second half, limiting Reed’s post duck-ins and forcing the Colonels to shoot from long range. The defense held Cass to eight third-quarter points.

“We shot the ball well the first half. We didn’t shoot the ball well in the third quarter,” Scott said. “We had a cold quarter.”

Meanwhile, West Forsyth scored 16 in the quarter and all but two of those points came in the paint or at the free throw line, where the Wolverines made six.

Cass did not get to the free throw line for the first three quarters and shot just 4-of-14 in the third quarter as West Forsyth went up 10 points heading into the fourth quarter.

The Wolverines extended the lead as the Colonels extended their defense to try and force turnovers.

Morning succeeded early in the quarter, accumulating three steals in the fourth.

Eventually, West Forsyth took advantage of Cass’ pressure and scored some easy baskets with Cass out of position, opening up a 16-point lead with four minutes remaining in the game.

From there, the Wolverines were able to hold on for the win. They finished the game shooting 16-for-27 from the free throw line and 25-of-39 from the field.

Jimmy Staiti was the leading scorer for West Forsyth with 24 points. Nick Staiti added 16.

For the Colonels, Morning led the way with 10 points and four steals. Reed finished with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Cass shot 10-for-27 from the floor in the second half and went 1-of-3 from the free throw line.

Cass is now 0-3, but will have a chance to pick up its first win today against Newton at 7:30 p.m.

Newton is 3-0 after beating Paulding County at Cass High earlier in the day by a score of 38-36.