HIGH POINT — The Southwest Guilford basketball team put together one of its best overall performances of the season to remain undefeated through 14 games.
Southwest’s trio of big men – Jayden Turner, Chris Martin and Joel Pettiford – combined for 50 points and led the Cowboys (4-0 conference, 14-0 overall) to a 75-37 win over their Piedmont Triad 3-A Conference rival Parkland.
Less than a minute after tip-off tonight, Kobe Langley had a three-pointer, a block and a steal, and the Cowboys were on their way to a 22-4 first quarter lead and dominating performance. Behind 16 points from Turner, the Cowboys led 46-18 at the break.
As explosive as the Cowboys were offensively, their high-energy defense frustrated Parkland throughout the first half. The Mustangs (2-2, 7-5) scored their 10th point with five minutes left in the first half and trailed 30-10 at the time.
“It was our second-best defensive performance this year,” said Southwest senior Keyshaun Langley. “Our best was against West Forsyth.”
Cowboys coach Guy Shavers has been trying to break his team of the habit of playing “accordion type” games, where they stretch out a lead and then lose it, only to stretch it out again.
The players seemed to have gotten the message. By the end of the third quarter, the Cowboys had built their lead to 38 points, 67-29.
“It is definitely something we have been working on, especially on the defensive end,” Shavers said of his team’s consistency. “Offensively, we always seem to be able to score points, but we have been working on getting more stops and forcing turnovers.”
With a 38-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Southwest’s starters – Turner, Martin, Pettiford and the Langley twins, Kobe and Keyshaun -- did not play the rest of the game.
"It was as solid of a performance that we’ve had all year,” said Shavers.
Parkland 4 14 11 8 -- 37
SW Guilford 22 24 21 9 -- 75
Parkland: Chase Rorie 10, Camian Shell 11, Omari Bolden 8, Markell Lloyd 4, Cornel Brown 1, Jordan Timmons 3.
Southwest: Keyshaun Langley 12, Kobe Langley 3, Cam Thompson 5, Jayden Turner 18, Christian Martin 15, Joel Pettiford 17, Aamaj Platt 4, Jeremy Mull 2, Milli Huggins 2, Miles Taylor 2.