Stallions lose at Charlotte Latin 55-49

LB Boyette scores two points for Stallions. (Ed Berti)
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The Stallions from Queen Grant High School played in a highly competitive contest against Charlotte Latin just prior to Christmas on a cold damp rainy night.  The Stallions are having a good season and are now 8-2 after ten games played.  Coach Jay Forsythe should be pleased with his teams start.

Jeremiah Murphy takes shot for Stallions. (Ed Berti)

Xavier Westbrook the senior forward had another consistent performance in the loss.  The bigger and physically stronger Hawks under the boards made the difference in this game.  Also, the Hawks are a well coached team that keeps pressure upon their opponent through a solid defensive scheme, and doing a good job in boxing out in their rebounding game.  The shorter and undersized Stallions tried to use their quickness and fast break capability to neutralize the Hawks height advantage in the second period which gave them a 16-10 run to be deadlocked at the intermission 24-24.

Javari Cox in action for Stallions. (Ed Berti)

However, in the third period the Hawks took control of the outcome of this game when they used their two big men to dominate the boards to nullify the Stallions fast break while getting the much needed second rebound off of missed shot opportunities to score a much needed bucket.  The Hawks were able to outscore the Stallions 18-10 to take an 8 point advantage into the final period.

Xavier Westbrook sinking a foul shot. (Ed Berti)

In the final period, Stallions leading scorer senior guard Jah’Quez Sanders took over the game offensively scoring 12 of the Stallions 15 points, however, it was not enough to reduce the lead the Hawks opened up in the previous period.  The Stallions outscored their opponent 15-13 coming up short.

Jah’Quez Sanders finishes drive for two points and draws foul. (Paul Imirie)

Sanders led all scorers with 20 points, Xavier Westbrook had a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while LB Boyette added 6 points for the Stallions.  The victors had a solid balanced attack with John Beecy 14 points, RJ Johnson 13, Greyson Clements 12 and Graham Calton 11 for the Hawks.

The Stallions will be heading to Asheville, North Carolina to play in the Western North Carolina Holiday Classic during the holiday break.

Coach Forsythe with team during timeout. (Ed Berti)
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