North Stokes basketball hosted five teams on Thursday, including South Stokes, for a round robin of scrimmages to open up their summer workouts. Each team played three one-hour games with a break in between.
“I’m pretty pleased with today, especially when we were running the floor,” said Viking coach David Anderson. “We shared the ball well and early on our timing was there on everything. As the day went on we got a little tired and lost our edge. When that happens the first thing to go is your thinking ability and you start making mistakes.”
The Vikings beat Bassett by 40 points in the first game behind Mason Manuel’s eight three-pointers. In their second matchup against Magna Vista, North won by 20, but the game proved to be much more physical. The last contest versus Tunstall went from the home team cruising with a double-digit lead to trailing by one with three minutes left in the game. A 9-1 run by the Vikings gave them their third win of the day.
“I thought Ben (Chesnet) hit the boards hard,” Anderson said. “He is what I want in a player. He does the small things and gets down and dirty without me having to ask him to. With three returning starters and some experience off of our bench last year, I am looking for big things from this group.”
South Stokes played in the afternoon and had contests against Bassett, Magna Vista, and Tunstall. The Sauras won all of their games by 30 plus points and set the tone early against Bassett with a 20 point halftime lead and then a 16-0 run to start the last 20 minutes of play.
“We need to play aggressive in order for us to be effective this year,” said Saura coach Jason Clark. “I was very pleased with the effort and how well they shared the ball and kept it moving. We have to get better executing plays, but that will come when the new guys on varsity get a chance to keep running them before November. I thought Tyliq (Hairston) did a great job of finishing and creating. Landon (Parsons) finished well around the basket in his drives and everyone boxed out and battled for a rebound. We have a long way to go, but the first day was good.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.