Galax pulls away from Cavs

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A 20-point lead in the third was whittled to four points in the fourth before the Tide secured the win.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Galax built a 20-point lead in the third quarter, saw most of it disappear by the fourth, then gradually pulled away down the stretch, taking a 73-59 nondistrict win Friday night over Carroll County. The Cavaliers (0-2) were on the ropes and in danger of being run out of the gym early in the second half as the Maroon Tide (2-0) opened the third quarter on a tear. After scoring on its first possession of the third quarter, Carroll County went more than two minutes without even attempting a field goal as Galax reeled off 10 unanswered points, hitting 5-of-9 from the floor during the run. All five baskets came from underneath and all five were set up by steals as the Maroon Tide turned up the heat defensively. Bryan Martin’s layup off of Justin Hash’s assist had Galax seemingly in command, leading 42-22 at the 5:58 mark of the third, but the lead evaporated as quickly as it had grown. Beginning with an Adam Crotts 3-pointer, the Cavaliers outscored the Maroon Tide 18-4 in the final 5:07 of the third. Brandon Noonkester scored on three straight trips down the floor, including a 3-pointer and a conversion of a nice Ryan Marshall feed that pulled Carroll to within 48-42 by the start of the fourth period. The Cavaliers would get as close as four points when Noonkester hit two foul shots to open the fourth, but the Maroon Tide weathered the storm and began pulling away, starting with Deion George’s basket off a backdoor cut. Hash sank a 3-pointer and George followed with a three-point play off a Brock Cox steal and feed as the lead swelled back to double digits, 58-47, with 4:36 to go. Galax would convert seven straight free throws, including another three-point play by George at the 2:18 mark to widen the lead to 69-53. The Maroon Tide came away with 11 steals and forced 17 turnovers in the final two quarters after getting just two takeaways in the first half. Long-range shooting carried Galax in the first two periods, though, as the Tide knocked down six first-half 3-pointers. Carroll County didn’t get its first points until Tyler Reavis’ baseline jumper fell through with 3:41 left in the first, but Hash canned the first of his three first-half 3-pointers, then opened the second period with another for a 16-7 lead. Hash added another 20-footer, as did Cox and Michael Bond, with Bond’s triple giving Galax a 28-16 lead, and the Tide carried a 12-point lead into the half. Hash led all scorers with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, while George added 18 points and seven rebounds. Carroll County got a balanced scoring attack with Reavis and Noonkester each putting up 12 points, and Mac Martin adding 11 points and 11 boards.    Carroll County.......7  13  22  17––59 Galax.................13  19  16  26––73

Carroll County (0-2) Reavis 4 4-8 12, Taylor 3 0-1 6, Frazier 3 0-2 6, M.Martin 4 3-4 11, Alley 0 2-4 2, Noonkester 4 3-4 12, R.Marshall 1 0-0 2, Crotts 2 3-6 8. Totals 21 15-29 59. Galax (2-0) Hash 9 2-6 26, B.Martin 4 0-3 8, George 6 6-6 18, Cox 1 4-6 7, Bond 2 0-1 5, McKinney 2 1-2 5, Douglas 1 0-0 2, Goins 2 0-2 4. Totals 27 13-26 73.

Three-point field goals – Carroll County 2-8 (Noonkester, Crotts), Galax 6-22 (Hash 4, Cox, Bond). Rebounds – Carroll County 41 (Martin 11), Galax 38 (George 7). Turnovers – Carroll County 30, Galax 19. Team fouls – Carroll County 24, Galax 22. Fouled out – Reavis, Frazier, M.Martin. Technical fouls – none. JV – Galax 42-33.