Patriots swept by Storm

Stephanie King

In their final home game of the season, the Providence Grove Patriots hosted the Southern Guilford Storm in non-conference boys basketball action. Providence Grove entered the game 10-11 on the season.

Southern Guilford scored the first points of the game, but Jonathan Foust answered with a three off an assist from Daylin Locklear for the Patriots. A free throw from Tyler Dearman tied the game at three before a strong drive from Evan Taylor put the Patriots back on top by two. Southern Guilford scored back to back buckets to tie and take the lead at 7-5. Taylor and Locklear combined to go three for four at the free throw line to put the Patriots in front 8-7. The Storm closed out the quarter on an 11-3 run. Questin Overman scored the final bucket of the quarter for the Patriots with a three from the right elbow. After one complete quarter, Providence Grove trailed 18-11.

The Storm came out strong both offensively and defensively in the second quarter as they built up a strong lead and held the Patriots to just seven points. Southern Guilford took a 26-11 lead off an 8-0 run before Providence Grove ended the run with back to back buckets. The Storm continued to dominate as they used 10-0 run to build a 36-15. The Patriots caught a break when Locklear drilled a deep three at the buzzer to cut the lead to eighteen. At the half, Providence Grove was still trailing 36-18.

Providence Grove opened the third quarter of play with a three from Taylor to cut the lead to fifteen before Julius Burch scored in the paint for the Storm. The Patriots got the lead back to fifteen but everytime they would score Southern Guilford had an answer. Taylor knocked down a pair of free throws and Foust added a putback to help the Patriots trim the lead to thirteen. Southern Guilford responded with a 10-0 run that included a three from Dearman and a dunk from Burch. Providence Grove ended the run with back to back buckets and capped off the quarter with a three from Kamden Haithcock. After three-quarters of play, Providence Grove trailed 52-34.

Southern Guilford wasted no time pushing their lead to twenty-two with a pair of buckets to start the fourth quarter of play. Michael Fee knocked down a pair at the line to cut the lead to twenty. From there, Southern Guilford went on an 8-0 to deter any type of comeback by the Patriots. Fee was left open and drained a three to cut the lead to twenty-five. The Storm would close out the game with a 7-2 run for a 71-41 win over the Patriots.

Leading the way for the Patriots was Evan Taylor with 17 points, while Michael Fee finished with 9. Daylin Locklear added 4 and Kamden Haithcock chipped in 3. Tyler Dearman led the Storm with 21 points.

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