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Five Rams score double digits in big win

By Ryan DeCosta - [email protected]



Senior Andrew Smythers hits a free throw during Friday night’s game vs. West Wilkes. Smythers was one of five Rams to reach double digits as they dominated the first half.


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BOONVILLE — The Starmount boys continued to roll with a convincing win over West Wilkes Friday night.

The Rams outscored the team from Millers Creek 23-5 after the first quarter and never let up for a 75-62 win. Five players scored double digits on the night, while Houston Nicks and Kyler Gregory each had double-doubles in a great team effort.

“We played all in. That’s our motto, and they stayed after it,” Head Coach Rocky Horton said. “We spread the floor and were patient in the fourth quarter when (we) had to be.”

The Rams (5-8, 3-1 MVAC) now have three straight wins to their credit, and every player has contributed in one way or another to that little streak they have going. Friday night, the scoring was distributed amongst seven players, all playing a key role in keeping the game out of reach late.

“[Brendan] Eads came in and hit four free throws, and that was big for us because we’d been struggling on the free-throw line, for him to come in and hit 100 percent of his free throws is huge. I hope all of our guys understand that nine guys contribute every day in practice and that carries over to games,” Horton said.

Kyler Gregory was the leading scorer on the team for the third-straight game with 20 points, and since coming back from an injury, he’s made the team that much stronger. Sophomore Griffin Cass had 15 points, while seniors Brandon Prescott and Andrew Smythers had 12 and 11 points respectively. Junior Houston Nicks had 10 rebounds for his second straight game, and with 10 points got his first double-double of the season.

Next up for the Rams is a big home game Wednesday night against Wilkes Central (4-10, 2-2 MVAC). With Ashe County playing two non-conference games early in the week, a win could move them into a tie for first play in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.

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

Senior Andrew Smythers hits a free throw during Friday night’s game vs. West Wilkes. Smythers was one of five Rams to reach double digits as they dominated the first half.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_0183.jpgSenior Andrew Smythers hits a free throw during Friday night’s game vs. West Wilkes. Smythers was one of five Rams to reach double digits as they dominated the first half. Ryan DeCosta | The Tribune
Five Rams score double digits in big win

By Ryan DeCosta

[email protected]

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