Northwest Guilford’s Cody Hylton (2) drives to the basket while being defended by Southwest’s Ben Ferguson (4) during Friday Night’s Piedmont Triad 4-A boys basketball clash. The Cowboys downed the Vikings 90-70.
After trailing for the entire first half, Northwest Guilford's boys basketball team made a game of things near halftime Friday night.
With 30 seconds left in the first half and momentum squarely on the home bench, a pair of free throws by Cody Hylton sliced Southwest Guilford's lead to 39-36. The Vikings (6-2, 1-1 PTC), however, couldn't close the gap futher.
A furious third quarter run by the visitors put the game out of reach, as the Cowboys (5-0, 1-0) went on to post a 90-70 Piedmont Triad 4-A victory.
After falling behind 22-11 early, the Vikings began climbing back into the contest, thanks to a spotless second quarter showing from the free throw line. Northwest went to the line 10 times in the frame and connected on all 10 of its attempts. Coach Lee Reavis felt going to the line so much - as well as the team's successful baskets in the period - was a function of improved shot selection.
"Offensively, I thought we slowed down and took better shots, which allowed us to get back defensively to keep SWG out of their transition game. They are a very explosive offensive team when you allow them to play at their pace," Reavis said. "I thought in the second half they did a better job of controlling tempo."
The Cowboys found their rhythm early in the third quarter and pushed their lead back up to 10 points with 6:01 remaining in the frame. With 2:48 to go in the period, an alley-oop jam by Terrell Leach, who led all scorers with 29 points, gave the visitors a 57-42 edge.
The Vikings would battle throughout the remainder of the game, but got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Hylton, who had 25 points, paced Northwest while Kris Keefer added 11 points and Colson Everett was good for 10 more.