For three quarters, Tuesday night's basketball game between North County and host South River was a tight contest. But in the fourth quarter a team that had been intimidated most of the night realized it could win.
The Seahawks scored 20 straight Boys basketball
points to start the final period and never looked back on their way to a 74-55 victory. North County couldn't answer the run, losing for the fourth time in five games.
South River's Russell Tongue, who led the area in scoring with a 30-point average going into the game, finished with only eight points, but other Seahawks would step up.
Andy Myers scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. Andy Moore added seven points and that helped lead the undefeated Seahawks (4-0, 0-0) past the struggling Knights (1-4, 0-2).
"We just weren't all there tonight," said North County coach Brad Wilson. "We were out-played and out-hustled. This team is ready to win, but we have a lot of work to do still."
The game started slow with neither team taking advantage of scoring opportunities. The teams went into the half with the Seahawks leading 25-22. Corey Davis led the way early with nine first-half points en route to a 14-point night.
The Knights drew within one on a basket by Reno Owens, but the Seahawks scored nine straight points for a 10-point lead.
The teams exchanged baskets and North County went on a 13-1 run of their own to take a 37-35 lead. There was 3:09 remaining in the third, but that would be the Knights' only lead of the night.
Tongue put the Seahawks back on top with two thunderous jams. The two-point lead held up into the fourth quarter when the Seahawks put the game away.
"We were a little intimidated at the beginning of the game," said Seahawks coach Ken Dunn. "North County is a good ballclub and I think our kids knew that. But when they saw they could play with them, we got our second wind. I think that's what pushed us past them."
Damon Henriques was the only Knight in double figures, finishing with 12. Teon Carter also turned in a fine performance for North County, scoring nine points and running the floor most of the night.