By Carey Phillips
Pisgah outscored Smoky Mountain 33-1 in the third quarter and went on to an 82-32 rout in a Mountain Six Conference men’s basketball game Saturday at Canton.
Matthew Roberts poured in 24 points for the Bears. Brady Goolsby added 14, and Devan Dodgin and Caden Robinson both had 12.
Ryan Waliezer scored nine for the Mustangs (2-5, 1-4).
“We were right there in the first half and just didn’t show up after halftime,” Coach Adam Phillips said. “We never came out of the locker room. They just absolutely got after us and outplayed us in every facet of the game.”
Pisgah scored the third period’s last 29 points, including 11 by Roberts, for a 73-27 lead.
A running clock went into effect at the 1:56 mark when Robinson hit a three-pointer for a 68-27 margin.
The game’s largest lead was 81-30 on Tanner Devlin’s basket with 1:05 to play.
The Bears showed signs of what was to come by opening the game with 10 straight points.
They led 18-10 at the quarter break.
Waliezer scored the first seven points of the second period, cutting the gap to 18-17 with 7:16 on the clock.
Dodgin, Goolsby and Roberts all scored four in a 15-2 run upping the margin to 38-22 with 1:56 to play in the half, which ended with the score 40-26.
Rounding out the SM scoring were Max Buchanan with seven, Jed West with five, Hunter Cabe with four, Brett Richmond and Lawson Wike both with three and Brylen Conlin with one.
Waliezer had five rebounds.
The Mustang JVs are 2-5 after a 61-58 loss. Sawyer Snider scored 21 points, followed by Antonio Lorenzo with 14 and Tanner Gerrety with 10.
Pisgah led at quarter breaks by scores of 16-7, 29-26 and 40-39.
SM was called for a technical foul for a second delay of game warning with a tie score and less than 20 seconds to play.
“The whole momentum of the game changed,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “It was heart breaking and frustrating. Our kids battled all night. Pisgah would go on a run, and we would answer back.”