BOONVILLE — The Rams were off and running from the opening tip last Wednesday night against county rival Forbush.
Starmount grabbed a 4-2 lead less than two minutes into the game and never looked back, cruising to the 58-44 win to claim basketball’s rendition of the Unifi Bowl.
“It’s Forbush,” Starmount Head Coach Rocky Horton explained. “The guys started the night before (against West Stokes) and carried that momentum over into tonight. I think we jumped pretty quick.
“We had good people coming off the bench to boost us. James Ashley did a good job in his first game back, so that was a big boost for us. We had everybody contribute tonight,” he added.
Mason Doub hit a jumper to give the Falcons a 2-0 advantage just more than a minute into the game. But Luke Shore hit a four-point play a few seconds later to give Starmount a 4-2 lead it would never surrender.
The Rams led 14-8 and the end of one and pushed it out to 24-15 midway through the second quarter.
But Forbush, playing without leading scorer Barrett Hennings, hung around and trailed by only five at the halftime horn, 28-23.
The Rams scored the first eight points of the third, extending its lead out to 13 at the end of three, 45-32.
Starmount continued to run down the stretch, scoring 13 points in the final frame to ice the 58-44 victory in the rivalry game.
“A win is a win. We’ll take our blessings and learn from it and move on to the next one,” Horton explained. “To everyone else, it’s Forbush. But to our guys, it’s just another basketball game. We told them not to let their emotions get the best of them and approach it like they do any game. I think they did a good job of keeping a level head tonight.”
Ashley paced the Rams in his first game of the season with 17 points, six rebounds and three steals. Trey Bryant recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Luke Shore added 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Kyler Gregory finished with seven points and 10 rebounds, while Blake Cheek added six points.
“We had three guys in double-figures and had another guy with seven, six and five. That’s just sharing the ball and being unselfish and playing team basketball. If we do that, we’ll be pretty competitive,” Horton added.
The Rams (2-2) will take on Elkin Friday night away.