ROXBORO — The physical toll that Green Hope's boys' basketball team went through was apparent as the walking wounded exited the locker room after a chippy second-round playoff game at Person High on Wednesday night.
Falcons coach John Green said he had two players leave the game after possible concussions, another due to a gash on his chin and one more still a bit woozy after taking a hard screen that got the opposing player ejected.
For all of their battle scars, Green Hope still came up short with a 64-46 loss to Person in the 4A Mideast bracket.
Things were not always pretty for Green Hope (23-6) while it played in front of the Rockets' raucous and sometimes hostile crowd.
In addition to the player ejection, a back-and-forth between Person coach Charles Dacus and Green Hope senior Chris Flemmings - that did not elicit a technical foul - turned that crowd into a less-than-light-hearted episode of "Everybody Hates Chris."
Even with just 4.5 seconds left in the game, each team received a technical foul.
Green Hope coach John Green said he did not know what happened when the senior and Dacus briefly exchanged words, but it drew the ire of the crowd.
"Obviously, it was not anything that I was pleased about. I was disappointed in the way we handled the adversity," said Green. "But I was pleased in the way that regardless of what happened, we continued to fight."
Flemmings had a game-high 27 points and team-high 10 rebounds in his final high school game, but was the only Falcon in double figures. The rest of the team went cold, shooting 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.
"It got real rough, and they were a little bit bigger and stronger it seemed," Green said. "With them being stronger and it getting chippy, we got pushed around tonight.
"We drive to the basket, and with them being physical, we'd be thrown off balance and we couldn't get much going. And I think a lot of that had to do with them banging on us."
The PAC-6 champion Rockets (22-5) led 36-23 at halftime thanks in large part to star junior Tyrone Outlaw Jr. In back-to-back plays in the second quarter, Outlaw had a rim-rattling dunk-back and a 23-foot 3-pointer - each rousing the home crowd.
But in the second half, Outlaw (14 points) was shut down, held without a field goal by Green Hope senior John Hardin.
"He does all the dirty work," Green said of Hardin.
The Rockets got a team-high 17 points from senior guard Terrick Scoggins.