West Stokes fell to Reagan 70-64 in the first round of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic, which was hosted at Mount Tabor High School on Dec. 26.
Reagan jumped out and grabbed the lead early in the game with some big treys from Raiders Rashaad Roberts and Evan Peatross.
The Wildcats fought to tie the game up 17-17 at the beginning of the second. But, shortly after, the Raiders took back the lead and kept it for the remainder of the evening.
“I knew we were going to have a tough time matching up with them,” Wildcats Coach Dan Spainhour said.
Spainhour said that Reagan’s big plays from Roberts and Peatross changed the dynamic of the game. The Wildcats were forced to spend more time guarding against the threat of big shots, which took away from the offense.
Top scorers for the Wildcats were Josh Spainhour (25 pts.), Reid Goodson (19 pts.) and Zach Hartle (9 pts.).
Raider Peatross kicked off the game last week with a 3-pointer from deep just 20 seconds into the first quarter. The Raiders followed up with three more treys in the quarter, which allowed the team to come out on top 17-15.
Wildcat Goodson tied up the game 17-17 with a layup at the beginning of the second. With a free throw from Goodson, the team led for a fleeting moment.
Then, the twin threats of Raiders Peatross and Roberts went to work again in the second quarter. With five minutes to go in the second, Roberts hit two back-to-back 3-pointers, which increased the team’s lead to 29-22.
“We knew Roberts and Peatross could shoot it,” Coach Spainhour said.
Peatross shot 60 percent and Roberts shot 80 percent from the 3-point range.
Wildcats Alston Furr and Goodson tried to push into the semicircle for layups, but had trouble breaking through enough to bring the team ahead.
Raider Peatross struck again with a 3-pointer to round out the second quarter for a 40-35 lead.
After the first half, the Raiders led by five, but the team quickly turned that into a 10-point lead. The team went up 45-35 just two minutes into the third.
Wildcats Tanner Lomax, Hartle and Goodson fought to bring the team ahead on some layups, but the Wildcats still lagged 53-43 as the third quarter came to a close.
In the fourth quarter the Wildcats found themselves trailing by 10 points and they could not seem to narrow the gap. The Wildcats went 7-10 on the charity stripe in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to push the team ahead for the lead.
The Wildcats came up short 70-64 for the evening and chalked up the team’s second loss of the season. West Stokes is now 9-2 in the regular season and remains undefeated at 4-0 in the conference.
Coach Spainhour said the Wildcats had a hard time jumping out in front of the Raiders. “We never got the big stop tonight,” he said.
Going down in the first round of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic is not easy to take, Spainhour said. Last year the team upset Winston-Salem Prep for a tournament title.
But, he said that this loss is not going to color the season.
“I’m excited to see what this team can do,” he said.