In front of a jam packed crowd on Friday night, the Battle of the Bridge basketball edition was in full swing as the Elks hosted the Starmount Rams. This season has been tough for the Buckin’ Elks as well as the Rams as both teams have had a losing season. On Friday night, the Rams handed the Elks its 16th loss of the season with a 66-49 win.
in a back and forth first period, Starmount got on the board first with a jump shot by Griffin Cass. Elkin immediately answered back on its next possession as Tevin Harris found himself wide open at the top of the three-point line and drained his shot to give Elkin a 3-2 lead. Both teams kept battling on opposite sides of the court as the Rams would make its shot, and the Elks would also make its shot. Neither team were able to hold on to a substantial lead in the first period but the Rams were able to hold on to a two-point lead going into the second period.
The second period saw the Rams score 13 points and hold the Elks to just seven points. Starmount came out firing as they were able to take ten point lead over the Elks late in the second period. Just as it looked like the Elks would go into the half down by 11-points, Ezra Atkinson gifted the Elks a beautiful three point shot from the outside to cut Starmount’s lead to eight points. Atkinson’s shot gave the Elkin student section something to cheer about going into halftime.
In the final two quarters, Elkin tried to match the intensity of the Rams but they came up short. Starmount scored 24 points in the third period and held Elkin to 11. In the final period, Elkin outscored the Rams 18 to 14 but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. The Rams ended the night with a 66-49 conference win and handed the Elks another loss.
Eric Wiles and Griffin Cass both put up strong performances for the Rams on Friday night. Wiles ended the night with 19 points while Cass came away with 16 points. The Rams move to 5-12 overall and 3-5 in the MVAC. It will meet up with Ashe County in Boonville on Tuesday night.
The Elks move to 0-16 overall and 0-7 in the MVAC. It will host Wilkes Central on Monday night in Elkin.