Polk coaches Josh McEntire and Jon Hampton give players final instructions during a recent timeout. Polk faces conference foe Madison tonight at home. (photo by Fulton Hampton)

Polk splits two home games, faces Madison in first conference

Published 6:47pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

North Buncombe 

Polk County sealed the victory, 74-73, with defense in the final seconds of overtime Tuesday night against North Buncombe.

Coach Josh McEntire was very pleased with the effort in the first half.

“We came out and really played basketball the way I know we can,” McEntire said.

Polk held a 34-20 halftime lead but did not maintain the intensity and focus shown in the first half.

“In the second half we did not get back on defense, didn’t play team defense and forced some shots and let them get back in the game. But, we also showed some toughness in the end coming back and get some big shots, getting stops on defense. With 5 seconds left we had a one point lead and got a stop; (we) kept them from shooting the ball and pulled off a win.”

Polk had balanced scoring with three players in double figures; Alec Philpott with 13 points, Anthony Carson with 11 and Jaylin Hines with 10. Polk also distributed the ball well with Jamal Tanner having six assists, Philpott five and Bontrager four. North Buncombe was lead in scoring by Daniel Burchette with 29 points.