BOONVILLE — Starmount had to fight all the way to the final seconds, but in the end, the boys basketball team got it done for its fourth straight win Wednesday night.
Down 47-43 with 4:34 left, the Rams (6-8, 4-1 MVAC) went on a 9-0 run to take the lead, then hung on for a 55-51 win over Wilkes Central. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Head Coach Rocky Horton said he was happy they came away with the win anyways.
“It was a good ballgame, we just got lucky and came out on the winning end of it,” Horton said.
Senior Kyler Gregory kicked off the 9-0 run crashing the boards for a layup. On the ensuing possession, the Eagles were coming up the court, when junior Houston Nicks stole it away and drove it back the other way for the tying basket.
“That was a huge, huge play,” Horton said. “It boosted our confidence because we were behind for a little while.”
The next two plays were big by Gregory to take the lead, and Nicks to make it a 52-47 with 1:47 left. However, the game was far from over, as Wilkes Central kept fouling the Rams, and as some players were sent to the line, they weren’t hitting the shots. If not for big rebounds by Brandon Prescott and Kyler Gregory, the Eagles would have had one last chance in the final five seconds to go down court and tie it. Their free throw shooting percentage over the past two games has not been good, but with some work, Horton remains optimistic they’ll turn it around in that category.
“It’s more of a mental thing than anything, because a lot of them have good technique, it’s just they’ve got to get over the hump and believe in themselves,” Horton said.
Up next for the Rams is a road trip to North Wilkes (8-6, 4-1 MVAC) Friday night. They’ll enter that night in a three-way tie for first in the conference with North Wilkes and Ashe County.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.