Prep Boys Basketball

Pisgah rewards Kruk and touches his heart

Black Bears shave heads prior to rout of Tuscola
By Dennis Smathers | Dec 19, 2013
Photo by: Patrick Parton Pisgah Head Coach Casey Kruk, middle, talks with his Black Bears during a 30-second timeout. Kruk’s players and assistant coaches shaved their heads before Tuesday’s game with Tuscola.

The day after his last chemotherapy treatment, the players of the Pisgah varsity boys basketball team rewarded head coach Casey Kruk with an impressive 79-36 win over rival Tuscola Tuesday night.
But his players and assistant coaches touched his heart when they shaved their heads prior to the game in an act of support.
“He found out when he got on the bus to come over to Tuscola,” said junior Thomas Tatham. “We all had toboggans on our heads and were sitting in our seats when coach got on the bus. Micah (Ledford) got coach’s attention and we all took them off to reveal our new look. Micah told him ‘family, we are family coach.’ We could tell he was touched.”
The Black Bears, which improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the WNCAC, bolted out to a 20-6 lead over the Mountaineers and kept rolling in the second quarter to take a 50-13 halftime lead.
Just like the girls game, Pisgah expanded its advantage in the third quarter, outscoring Tuscola, 18-10, to carry a 68-23 lead into the the final eight minutes.  
For the Black Bears, senior Jesse Anderson finished with a game-high 18 points, junior Thomas Tatham chipped in 17, senior Hunter Wike scored 11 points, junior Josiah Ledford contributed eight, junior Cole Anderson added six, while sophomore Peyton Truesdale and junior Micah Ledford scored four points each. Noah Hicks scored three points, McKinley Brown and Colton Shuler had two points each in the win.
For Tuscola, Jordan Valentine finished with a team-high eight points, Woody Cornwell scored six points, Daniel Tran had five, Clay Carreno and Paul Leveritt chipped in four points each, while Noah Heatherly finished with three points. Adam Chambers, Parker Allen and Chase Carpenter scored two points each in defeat.