Bertie rallies by Currituck

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WINDSOR – Sometimes it’s not how you start, but how you restart.

Bertie High School’s varsity boys basketball team got off to a slow start in the first half and trailed at intermission, but kicked things into gear when they returned from the locker room and defeated visiting Currituck County High School 65-46 here Tuesday.

Shaquille White led the way for the Falcons with 13 and Malik Williams added 11. They were the only two players in double figures, but Bertie had 11 players score during the victory. Rakeim Woodley paced the Knights with 13.

Bertie trailed 26-23 at the intermission and a quick basket by Dakwon Foreman put them down by six to start the third quarter.

The Falcons ignited at that point, however, and rolled off 11 unanswered points to take the lead for good.

It started with a three-point play by Williams who added another hoop almost immediately. White and Raekwon Williams then hit a free throw each as Bertie took a 30-29 lead.

Malcolm Cherry and White hit successive hoops to give Bertie a 34-29 lead.

Nigel Powell stopped the run momentarily with a basket for the Knights, but Malik Williams and DeShondre Day hit back-to-back scores and Raekwon Williams scored twice from the free throw line for the Falcons to surge ahead 40-31.

That was just the beginning of the damage. Day hit another bucket that was followed by a White free throw, two hoops by Tyshaun Moore and a basket from White as the Falcons claimed a 49-31 lead.

Woodley scored once from the free throw line before the quarter ended to close the gap to 49-32.

Moore started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer that was followed up by a Malik Williams hoop that helped the Falcons claim their largest lead of the night at 54-32.

Currituck was quite done, however, as they scored the next seven straight points. Kyle Spruill started the spurt with a triple and was followed by two Woodley free throws and a bucket by Harrison Ferebee that closed the gap to 54-39.

An exchange of hoops left the advantage still 15 when the Falcons went to the free throw line and sealed the victory. White and Jamal Perry each hit two free throws and Perlis Speller added one to make it 61-43.

From there, the Knights weren’t able to cut into the lead and dropped the league outing.

The first quarter of the contest was closely played with neither team able to hold more than a two-point edge. The Falcons led 13-12 when it was concluded.

The Knights had a 6-0 spurt in the second quarter that allowed them to take the three-point halftime lead.

In addition to those in double digits, the Falcons got seven from Moore, six each from Cherry and Day and five apiece from Speller and Marquis Holley. Perry added four. Raekwon Williams and Marque Outlaw had three each while Shyki Mitchell rounded out the scoring with two.

Ferebee was the only other Knight in double figures with 10. Powell and Sample had six each.

The win helped improve the Falcons to 12-3 overall this season and 4-2 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference.