EAST BEND – There’s no doubt that when rivals, when they face each other, are going to make some noise and pack the house. Starmount and Forbush proved Friday night that their rivalry is no different.
Forbush earned the bragging rights, for at least the next week with a 54-48 win over the Rams. Starmount led early but saw a late comeback fall short thanks to a great defensive adjustment by the Falcons to contain one of Starmount’s biggest threats, Kyler Gregory.
Starmount had plenty of chances late to drop the tying shot but could not get it to fall. Down 51-48 with 1:47 remaining, the Rams saw shots ricochet off the rim as Forbush came down the court to hit a big layup that put them up by five. With a win or a loss, there are always some takeaways that a team can utilize to improve a team, and rest assured they’ll be working to do just that.
“I hate losing,” Head Coach Rocky Horton said. “I’m as competitive as it comes, and [Starmount is] too, but we were always in striking distance. Just couldn’t get over that hump and we’ll work on that and get ready for next game.”
They’ll get a chance at redemption when they play the Falcons again next Friday at Starmount High School. However, for now, Horton has Wednesday to focus on, as they have to prepare for Mount Airy (3-0). That game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start at Starmount.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.