Paul, Terry Lead Teams
Leading 49-42 in the fourth quarter and lacking in size and rebounding prowess, West Forsyth decided to play to its strength. So, the Titans put the ball – and essentially the game – in senior guard Chris Paul's hands.
West Forsyth limited its own possessions as well as Reynolds' in the fourth quarter as Paul expertly handled the basketball. The Wake Forest-bound guard basically dribbled away the fourth quarter. The plan worked but would have worked to even greater perfection had the Titans been more efficient at the line in the fourth quarter.
With Paul struggling to find his stroke at the stripe (3-for-7), junior Isaac Rose banged home 6-for-8 at the line to seal it.
Even though Rose's effort was superior from the stripe, it wasn't the best FT shooting performance in the gym. Reynolds senior small forward Reyshawn Terry scored a perfect 10 for his free throw shooting prowess. Actually, he scored a 15 as he went 15-for-15 from the line in the game to finish with 21 points.
The North Carolina-bound senior kept it simple: he attacked the hoop, took his fouls and hit his free throws. He also had a pair of rebounds to go with his 2 assists. Terry's big quarter was the third when he scored 11 points. He had just two at the half.
Meanwhile, Paul got out of the gates by hitting his first three shots and opened the first quarter with 11 points. He finished with 20 on a 7-for-15 night from the field. He also had 4 assists and 2 rebounds. He easily could have recorded 10 assists as he routinely found open teammates for wing jumpers.
The two rivals get to do this all over again when they square off Friday night. On Wednesday, at Lawrence Joel Coliseum, about 4,500 fans packed the place. Friday's game will be at the Annex of the same building.
NOTES: Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser was in the stands watching his future floor general. … Look for Reynolds, the 3-time defending state champs, to exploit their size and rebounding advantage even more on Friday. … East Carolina signee Keith Foster had a great first half but seemed to fade in the second. He's an important key in the rematch. … Reynolds power forward Eddie Greene had a wrist injury and did not play. … UNC walk-on Justin Bohlander had 8 points and 5 rebounds. …