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By Casey Patrick
PLEASANT VIEW- After a thriller in the girls contest preceding this game, the boys for both schools came out and put on a show. Creek Wood was led in scoring by junior Tyler Neely with 19, while Sycamore was also led by a junior; Bailey Chapman, who had 15 points.
Sycamore raced out to a 5-point lead by the end of the first, mainly due to Creek Wood having a hard time getting shots to fall and Sycamore’s big man, junior Daniel Saylor patrolled the paint and blocked more than a few shots to make life rough on the Red Hawks. The score at the end of one period was 10-15.
The Second quarter was more of the same for both squads as Creek Wood continued to have trouble knocking down shots and Sycamore continued to improve the lead pushing their advantage to 28-21 at half.
Both teams came out hot in the third quarter with Sycamore scoring another 19 points while Creek Wood added 17 to their total. Sycamore grew their lead to 14, but soon realized that the Red Hawks had no intention of giving up.
Creek Wood’s Bryson Payton, Richard Payton and Tim Randolph all fouled out, which put head coach Charles Taylor in a rough situation.
“They really put me a large bind,” Taylor said. “Especially being the first game of the year, I have six upperclassmen, so if three of them foul out I have to turn to sophomores who haven’t had any meaningful varsity minutes.”
The Red Hawks hung in tough, even without three of their players, to get the game to within 1 point, but the War Eagles ultimately came out on top. Sycamore stayed out of foul trouble and made big shots down the stretch to win 62 to 59.
“I feel like we did pretty well,” Sycamore sophomore Grady McPherson said. “We did a good job of passing the ball around and getting everybody looks. We just have to continue working on our ball movement and helping each other out and moving around.”
“The guys fought,” Sycamore head coach Toby Miles added. “When some of our big guys got in foul trouble we fought hard. We made some mistakes but we fought hard throughout the game. We made their best player fight for all of his points, he didn’t get anything easy and he’s a good ball player. So overall I’m happy about how they performed in the first game.”