EAST BEND - Forbush fell behind early to a veteran West Stokes squad and dropped its home opener Friday night in East Bend.
The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead less than two minutes into the contest and cruised to an 85-48 victory to spoil the Falcons’ first home game of the year.
“They’re good, they’re real good. I was looking to see if we could get better individually and as a team,” head coach Jeff Weisner said. “They do all the little things so well, that’s where want to be. We want to do those little things like they do. Playing teams like that is the only way we can get better heading into conference.”
The athletic Wildcats pushed the lead out to 14-4 at the 5:31 mark and never looked back. West extended the advantage out to 27-11 after one quarter of play and lead 47-27 at the break.
While the game was getting out of reach, Weisner challenged his team to keep playing and not give up, something that doomed Falcons at the Mt. Airy Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend.
“The message was after playing at Mt. Airy last week was about effort and not quitting; you have to play for 32 minutes no matter the score,” he explained. “We’re still a young team and we’re trying to get better.”
Forbush responded and hung tough in the second half, despite what the scoreboard read.
Sharpshooter Mason Doub led the charge, knocking down a trey in each quarter and finishing with 16 points on the night. Doub added four blocks, including a rejection on a dunk attempt. Barrett Hennings added 13 points on the night, while Todd Patterson tacked on 10 points in the paint.
“I hate losing, but we can take away some good things for this game,” Weisner added.
After a brutal non-conference schedule, Forbush kicks off Mountain Valley Conference play Tuesday night against East Wilkes in Ronda.
Coming off four conference victories last season, Weisner said the team is looking to build on those wins.
“We’re starting over - our record is 0-0. We’ve worked to get ready for Tuesday night,” he said. “Now it matters and it’s getting into crunch time. We have to improve on what we did last year. We have to stay focused all the time because every possession matters comes Tuesday.”
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