By David Rogers. February 10, 2020. BOONE, NC — Tying your opponent (15-15) at the end of the first quarter of men’s basketball on Senior Night may have been a result of inspired play, but then you can’t let the proverbial wheels come off.
COVER IMAGE: Watauga’s senior point guard, Jaiden Bond (3), drives the lane for a layup against Hickory. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
Behind six 1st-quarter points by senior Anderson Castle and 5 more in the initial period by senior guard Luke Robbins, the Pioneers matched the Red Tornadoes in the opening stanza Monday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym, but an overpowering effort at both ends of the court proved too much for Watauga to overcome as the visitors from Hickory won by 30, 76-46.
Two Pioneers scored in double figures by night’s end: senior guards Jaiden Bond (11) and Robbins (10).
As in the women’s curtain-raiser, the second-quarter performance by Hickory proved pivotal. The Red Tornadoes’ men battened down the hatches and came out of the first quarter break firing on all cylinders, going on a 23-4 second-quarter run to take a dominating 38-19 lead at halftime — and it only got worse.
Hickory matched their 38 points in the first half with 38 in the second half. Meanwhile, the Watauga five only managed 27 in the second half.
Senior Hickory guard Davis Amos proved the steady hand for the Red Tornadoes, posting a game-high 20 points for his night’s work. Big man Nick Everhardt, a sophomore power forward, added 14 and senior guard Cody Young recorded 10 points to complete the Red Tornadoes in double figures.
Watauga (7-15 overall, 4-8 in Northwestern Conference) finishes its regular season Tuesday night at Morganton-Freedom.
- HKY — Davis Amos (20 points)
- HKY — Nick Everhardt (14)
- WAT — Jaiden Bond (11)
- WAT — Luke Robbins (10)
- HKY — Cody Young (10)
- WAT — Anderson Castle (9)
- HKY — Chrishaun Hargrove (8)
- HKY — Jayden Maddox (7)
- WAT — Jake Sears (6)