WEAVERVILLE – From the opening tip, the North Buncombe boys were off to the races Tuesday night.
Up and down their bench, the Black Hawks (2-0) have scoring possibilities everywhere.
The team has reached 89 points in each of its first two games, including Tuesday’s 89-47 rout of visiting Pisgah.
Blake Mathews (18 points), Brennan Howard (16), David Elkins (15) and Brennan Hockaday (14) all hit double figures. Colby Maltry added nine points and was one of five North Buncombe players to drain a 3-pointer.
“This could really be a special team if we put together four quarters,” Mathews said.
“Everybody supports each other and we’re excited to see what we can do.”
The Black Hawks bolted out to a 52-29 halftime lead over the Black Bears (1-2). Ten different players scored a field goal. And once the lead reached 40 points, a running clock was used in accordance with the NCHSAA mercy rule.
North Buncombe was efficient on offense and just as impressive with its defense and hustle. For example, Howard and Maltry dove into the scorers table for a loose ball at the 7:27 mark of the first quarter.
Cody Lovelace (15 points) and Zeke Long (nine) were the leading scorers for Pisgah.
“We’re still trying to jell and play the kind of ball we want to,” North Buncombe coach Joey Bryson said.
“With some new faces, it’s going to take some time. If we can do that, and play a complete game, this team will be a lot of fun to watch.”
The Black Hawks tied a school record for single-season wins (22) last winter and shared the Mountain Athletic Conference 3-A championship with Erwin. Howard and Maltry are transfers from the Warriors and former All-MAC players as are Hockaday and Mathews. Bryson was last season’s Citizen-Times All-WNC Coach of the Year.
North Buncombe’s next game is Friday at home against Franklin.