By Lance Hickey
Weaverville – The North Buncombe boys and girls basketball programs earned another hard-fought victory over Erwin Friday evening, while Erwin basketball looks to rebound following its rival defeats.
The first matchup of the evening in Weaverville featured a high-charging Erwin girls basketball team looking to collect an away victory. The lady Blackhawks size proved to be too much for the Warriors as North Buncombe collected a 67-59 victory over visiting Erwin.
The North Buncombeboys also coasted to a crucial conference victory Friday evening over Erwin’s boys.
The BlackHawks started hot with Bryce Payne converting on two early field goals. North Buncombe would take an early 12-0 lead with 3:14 remaining in the first period before an Erwin timeout.
Erwin would respond quickly. Two Jordun O’Mary free throws trim North Buncombe’s lead to 15-11 as the Warriors would try edging out of its early deficit. North Buncombe lead 18-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The BlackHawks responded again to begin the second quarter on a Charly Banks three-pointer and shifty layup. North Buncombe lead 29-16 before two Tristian Brank field goals. North Buncombe lead 36-28 at the half.
Erwin looked to have life early in the second-half following a BlackHawk technical foul. A Moses Helmling drive for a score would put the Warriors within four at 36-32, but that would be the closest Erwin would get as North Buncombe began to take over the ballgame.
Field goals from Payne and Banks would give the BlackHawks a 55-43 lead with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter. Brank would then foul out before a set of Erwin technical fouls as the game would become out of reach.
North Buncombe would go on to win 73-50 in front of a sold-out crowd Friday evening.
“In the locker room pregame we told them they had to come out with energy, there was energy in the gym,” said North Buncombe Head Coach Chuck Robinson. We had to come out with our own energy and we were able to accomplish it tonight.”
North Buncombe (12-7, 7-4) has now won three straight conference games. Erwin (7-8, 5-6) looks to rebound in its next several matchups at North Henderson and at home against T.C. Roberson.