Southern Wayne’s men either kept up or outscored the Cougars in the last three quarters, but due to a strong 29-14 start in the first quarter, Goldsboro was able to hold on to beat the Saints 82-68.
Goldsboro came out on fire in the first eight minutes and made it extremely tough for Southern Wayne to get into the flow with their offense. The Saints got to the free throw line multiple times but were unable to capitalize on every opportunity at the line. At the end of the first quarter, with the crowd going crazy, Goldsboro was up 29-14.
Southern Wayne settled down and really got into a groove in the second quarter, scoring 23 points. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep Goldsboro from dropping the ball in the basket, as the Cougars were able to score 24 of their own in the second to make the lead 53-37 at halftime.
The Saints continued to apply pressure, but both teams were neck and neck going through the third quarter. Both defenses played their best of the night, only giving up 13 points each, but that left Southern Wayne down and still looking to make a run.
The Saints outscored Goldsboro in the fourth 18-16, but that was enough difference for the Cougars to halt Southern Wayne’s comeback after locking in the 82-68 win for Goldsboro, their second against Southern Wayne this year.
The Saints played Wednesday at James Kenan and will be in action in the FCA Tournament held at the University of Mount Olive, beginning in two days, (Wednesday, December 26).