Tatham scores 21 points in loss at SmokyLoss drops Pisgah into third place
SYLVA — The Pisgah varsity boys basketball team fell behind 21-4 after one quarter and the 17-point deficit proved to be too much to make up as Smoky Mountain defeated the Black Bears, 86-78, in a WNC Athletic Conference game Friday night.
The loss dropped Pisgah (9-6) into third place in the WNCAC with a 4-2 mark, while the Mustangs (13-2), which took over second place in the conference with a 5-1 record.
Smoky Mountain led at halftime, 44-26, and 67-51 going into the fourth quarter. The Black Bears did out-score the Mustangs, 27-19, in the final eight minutes.
Pisgah sophomore center Thomas Tatham scored a team-high 21 points, senior guard Dalton Scott finished with 18 points and shot 70 percent from the floor. Junior guard Jesse Anderson chipped in 13 points, senior forward Christian Bryant added nine, junior guard Hunter Wike had eight points, sophomore point guard Micah Ledford finished with five and junior forward McKinley Brown scored four points.
Mark Thompson had a game-high 27 points for Smoky Mountain, which shot an impressive 69 percent from the floor.
Pisgah will go on a two game road trip this week, playing at Enka in a non-conference game on Tuesday (Jan. 15) and at Brevard in a WNCAC contest on Friday (Jan. 18).