Pisgah boys wins WNCAC co-championshipThird quarter outburst leads to girls route of Blue Devils
CANTON — When the final buzzer sounded in Tuesday night’s WNC Athletic Conference varsity boys basketball game, Pisgah defeated Brevard, 70-62, in the regular season finale in the Bears’ Den.
The eight point win over the Blue Devils improved the Black Bears to 14-6 overall and 12-2 in the WNCAC. More importantly to the players and the fans, the victory on Senior Night also gave head coach Casey Kruk’s program its first conference championship since 2009.
Pisgah has to share the title with North Henderson, which escaped the upset-minded Smoky Mountain Mustangs (85-79) to also finish 12-2 in the WNCAC.
Brevard, which returns to the Bears Den (7:30 p.m.) to play Pisgah tonight in the first round of the WNCAC Boys Basketball Tournament, were devilish throughout the entire four quarters. The Black Bears led, 23-13, at the end of the first eight minutes but struggled in the second quarter and watched their lead slip to two points, 36-34, by halftime.
A 6-0 run to start the third quarter helped Pisgah carry a 56-50 lead into the fourth quarter.
Leading Pisgah was Trey Morgan with a team-high 15, Zeke Long chipped in 14, older brother Eli Long scored 12 points, Tanner Wike finished with nine and Cody Lovelace scored eight.
Pisgah 58, Brevard 29
CANTON — The Pisgah varsity girls held just 23-17 lead over Brevard at halftime Tuesday night in the Bears’ Den.
However, the Black Bears took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils, 24-5, en route to a 58-29 blowout win.
Pisgah (16-5 overall, 11-3 WNCAC) finished in a tie for second with Franklin but lost the draw to break the tie. Brandon Holloway’s team will be a No. 3 seed in the WNCAC Girls Basketball Tournament, which opens tonight at 6 p.m. against No. 6 seed East Henderson.
Pisgah’s Maddie Webb pumped in a game-high 17 points, Lani Woods scored 13, MaeAnna Norris chipped in nine, Emma Sorrells scored six points and Carter Gibson finished with five.