Bertie bounces back from loss to defeat Gates

Published 6:12 pm Sunday, February 4, 2024

By ANDRE ALFRED

Sports Correspondent

WINDSOR – Recuperating from the disastrous conference loss to Martin County earlier on Jan. 30, Bertie’s varsity boys hosted Gates County on Friday night, Feb. 3. This would the second meeting of the season between these two conference foes.

Bertie’s Derrick Spruill (#12) launches a shot over a Gates County defender during Friday’s 67-25 win over the Barons. A.A. Imaging / Andre Alfred

Gates County, losing its senior point guard and senior forward, came to Bertie missing a few parts and subsequently dropped a 67-25 decision against the Falcons.

A quick assessment at the end of the first quarter and the score (16-8) would leave one to believe that Gates still had a chance to compete with its conference rival.

But soon that thought would completely be removed as the Falcons wreaked havoc on the Barons, both defensively and offensively. The Falcons suffocated the ball defensively, while displaying a offensive showcase the entire game.

The Falcons held Gates to only one basket in the second quarter while they manufactured another 21 points, going into the half with a 37-10 lead.

The Barons would not score again until the 4:49 mark in the third period. They had a total of six points for the quarter.

The free for all Bertie offense allowed for substitution into the deep part of the line-up while still maintaining the integrity of the defense.

The clock remained in regulation count down for the entire game, but nevertheless, the Barons stayed true to the game and continue its valiant attempts to put points on the board until the sound of the buzzer ending the game.

Bertie’s top scorers were Trevon Halleran (13 points), Tayvien Ward (8) and Jayza Lee (8).

Gates was led by Kadarius Harrison (9 points) and Anthony Hart (8).

Bertie improved to 16-3 overall (7-2 in the conference) while Gates County fell to 5-12 (2-6).