Mount Airy won two basketball scrimmages by a combined 39 points Monday over East Wilkes and Elkin.
It’s early summer, but the Bears’ defense looked in midseason form Monday.
The Bears held the Cardinals scoreless during an 18-0 run in the third quarter that blew open a close game. Then they posted 14-0 and 17-3 runs against the Elks to first take the lead, then pull away.
Mount Airy held a seven-point lead at the break against East Wilkes. The decisive run coming out of the half turned a 25-18 score into a 51-31 win.
Head Coach Kevin Spainhour wasn’t on the sideline for the first game as assistant Levi Goins led the team. Spainhour arrived for the second game and watched the first half, but let Goins run the show.
Against Elkin, the Bears fell behind 13-10 in the first quarter, but then finished the quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 22-13 lead. They added another basket to open the second for an 11-point lead.
The Elks answered with a 12-3 run to close within 29-27. The Bears got a late three to take a 32-27 halftime edge.
Mount Airy opened the third with three straight baskets for a 38-27 margin. With 5:29 in the quarter, Goins called a timeout with the Bears up 46-30.
Caleb Horton hit a jumper at the third-quarter buzzer to put the Bears ahead 56-40.
The Bears led by as many as 21 and won the game 72-53.
The home team looked quite different from the winter squad without mainstays Tanner Joyce and Taylor Bobbitt. However, the team had several guards make good plays. Among them were returning varsity players Horton, Austin Taylor, Khaleel Dailey and Alex Mayo.
At times last year the Bears went very small. They could do so again with their guards, or they could go big. They have ample height for next year with Sean Best, Carson Mounce and Pablo Garcia.