East boys fall to Forbush


By Ryan DeCosta - [email protected]



Forbush senior Carson Matthews works past two defenders to lay it in during a 79-52 win over East Wilkes.


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Forbush senior Jake Widener puts one up for two during a 79-52 win over East Wilkes.


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East Wilkes senior Shareef Ray hits a 3-pointer during a 79-52 loss to Forbush Wednesday night.


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East Wilkes junior Joah Logan muscles his way through defenders to lay one in Wednesday night against Forbush. Despite a 23 point effort, the Cardinals lost 79-52.


Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

RONDA — The Forbush Falcons are on a roll, and Wednesday night saw the East Wilkes Cardinals be their latest victim.

Averaging more than 20 points per quarter for the first three quarters, the Falcons were the better bird, topping the Cardinals 79-52. The win marks the first time the Falcons (5-3) have won four straight games since the 2009-10 season.

“It’s sensational, we just showed in the locker room, ‘When’s the last time Forbush has won four games in a row?’ This is a normal season total, it’s ecstatic. The student body’s happy, the kids are excited… we’re thrilled to death,” Forbush Head Coach Jody Christopherson said.

For every point the Cardinals (1-3) scored, Forbush seemed to have an answer. The Forbush boys only brought four players to the boards but still were able to stop the Cardinals defensively. That allowed the Falcons to drive it into the lane for lay-up after lay-up.

“I thought we had a size advantage tonight and we really tried to utilize that. We got out to the break real good, we were releasing somebody almost every shot to try to get some transition easy baskets which I think we did pretty well tonight,” Christopherson said.

“We just didn’t have good transition defense,” East Wilkes Head Coach Brad Davis said. “That’s what it boiled down to. That’s why they’ve got four guys averaging in double figures because they shoot a lot of layups. It’s one thing to not have scouted a team and not know what to expect. But they put 100 points on us last year, so it’s no secret.”

Forbush senior Hunter Chapman finished with 22 points, while Lucas Kennedy and Carson Matthews combined for 16. Leading the night in scoring was East Wilkes junior Joah Logan, who had 23 points, showing no quit to drive it to the net even the game was well out of reach late.

East Wilkes has some time off before its second conference matchup next Friday night against Wilkes Central. Forbush doesn’t have a break, and is set to travel to Starmount Friday night. The two squared off last week, with the Falcons edging the Rams 54-48. Varsity play begins at 6:30 p.m. with the girls, while the boys are slated to begin at 8 p.m.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

Forbush senior Carson Matthews works past two defenders to lay it in during a 79-52 win over East Wilkes.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_1013.jpgForbush senior Carson Matthews works past two defenders to lay it in during a 79-52 win over East Wilkes. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

Forbush senior Jake Widener puts one up for two during a 79-52 win over East Wilkes.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_1023.jpgForbush senior Jake Widener puts one up for two during a 79-52 win over East Wilkes. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

East Wilkes senior Shareef Ray hits a 3-pointer during a 79-52 loss to Forbush Wednesday night.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_1030.jpgEast Wilkes senior Shareef Ray hits a 3-pointer during a 79-52 loss to Forbush Wednesday night. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

East Wilkes junior Joah Logan muscles his way through defenders to lay one in Wednesday night against Forbush. Despite a 23 point effort, the Cardinals lost 79-52.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_1054.jpgEast Wilkes junior Joah Logan muscles his way through defenders to lay one in Wednesday night against Forbush. Despite a 23 point effort, the Cardinals lost 79-52. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune

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