It took over a quarter for a flat Garner team to get revved up.
But when the defending 4A state champion Trojans finally did it was bad news for host East Wake.
Juniors Alex Reed scored 18 points and Andrew Abrom 16 as the Trojans shrugged off a dud of a first quarter to rout the Warriors 84-52 in Greater Neuse River 4A boys’ basketball on Friday night.
Garner improved to 7-1, 2-0 in Greater Neuse River 4A play, while East Wake fell to 3-4 and 0-2.
“East Wake came out and dominated the boards,” veteran Garner coach Eddie Gray said. “And they were more intense than we were. Things were all right once we righted the ship. We had some guys off the bench like Javonte Sims who came on and helped straighten us out in the second quarter.”
East’s Mason Harrell scored 10 with eight rebounds and five blocks before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
They said it
“We gave all we had in the first quarter and maybe we ran out of gas,” East Wake coach Kenneth Melton said. “Then we missed our first 10 shots after halftime and Garner got juiced up.”
After the Warriors led 20-14 following the first quarter, Garner went on a 21-2 second-period run including seven points from Javonte Sims to win going away.
Three who mattered
Alex Reed, Garner: The junior forward finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
“We lost a couple of big scorers from last year’s team so I know I need to score more,” Reed said. “We just came out a little sluggish tonight. And East Wake was really fired up.”
Andrew Abrom, Garner: The senior forward finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
“I knew I had to pick it up,” Abrom said. “East Wake had more intensity than we had, because we just needed to pick it up. They came out hot and we weren’t expecting that, so we needed to match what they had.”
Mason Harrell, East Wake: The senior center had 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots before fouling out.
“Early in the game things were going well and I was able to post up hard,” Harrell said. “We’ve been working hard in practice. After the Clayton game we knew we had to get better.”
By the numbers
10: Points from Harrell.
12: East Wake’s lead at 16-4 following Tyler Burton’s layup with 3:24 left in the first.
12: Rebounds for Reed.
16: Points from Abrom.
18: Points from Reed.
26: Garner points in both the second and third quarters.
East visits West Johnston on Tuesday night before returning home against Rolesville on Thursday.
Garner hosts Harnett Central on Tuesday night.