BOONVILLE — A lot can happen in five minutes, and unfortunately for the Starmount Rams, it took less than that for their opponent to pull away Friday night.
Trailing 39-35 after the third quarter, the Forbush Falcons went on a 10-2 run in the first 4:30 of the fourth quarter and hung on for a 59-53 win over the Rams. As Starmount started to get practically every shot to fall, it could not find the time it needed to complete the late comeback.
“I thought we were the better team tonight,” Starmount Head Coach Rocky Horton said. “Just had a bad five minutes but I thought the guys we had dressed out… played great.”
It’s been a while since Starmount dropped both games to Forbush High School, but at 1-4, Horton said there’s no reason to overlook the Rams.
“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing. Just keep pushing forward, keep working hard and pushing each other. I thought they fought well tonight. With Kyler’s injury people had to step up, people did step up.”
Losing a leader like senior Kyler Gregory to a foot injury Wednesday night against Mount Airy undoubtedly hurt the team, but it pulled through to keep it close. Andrew Smythers and Brendan Eads had 13 and 12 points, respectively on the night, as the scoring was distributed well across the board.
“Some of the people that they’re going to get right now with Kyler out, in four weeks or so when he gets back, hopefully, we’ll unleash some fury on some people,” Horton said.
Starmount doesn’t get a break from rivalry games, as it is set for a Tuesday night game at Elkin for the basketball edition of the Battle of the Bridge. Following that, it’ll host Ashe County Friday night. Both games are slated for an 8 p.m. start.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.