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Frank Spencer Holiday Classic basketball finals set

Mount Tabor, North Surry to square off in finals of Pepsi Bracket; Northwest Guilford, Reagan to meet in Atrium Health final

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA—It will be No. 1 Mount Tabor against No. 3 North Surry in the championship game of the Pepsi Bracket in the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic and No. 1 Northwest Guilford against No. 2 Reagan in the Atrium Health Bracket.

Both championship games will be played Friday at North Forsyth, with Northwest and Reagan scheduled to tip at 1 p.m., followed by Mount Tabor and North Surry at 3:30.

Mount Tabor (9-1) methodically dismantled No. 4 Glenn in Thursday’s semifinal, 72-44, behind a smothering defense that took control early and never let up.

Snook Peterkin once again led the way for the Spartans with 20 points and five rebounds, including several rim-rattling dunks that brought the crowd to its feet at Reynolds. David Peral added 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Jadon Blair came off the bench to score 10 points and grab eight rebounds, and Joah Shay added nine points and four assists.

Mount Tabor's Snook Peterkin had 20 points and five rebounds to lead his team to a 72-44 rout of Glenn in the semifinals of the Pepsi Bracket at the Frank Spencer Holiday Tournament.

Mount Tabor's Snook Peterkin had 20 points and five rebounds to lead his team to a 72-44 rout of Glenn in the semifinals of the Pepsi Bracket at the Frank Spencer Holiday Tournament.

Mount Tabor allowed just three field goals in the first half while building a 36-14 lead. Glenn, which got 13 points from Bryce Phillips, could never recover from its slow start. Seven of the Bobcats’ 14 first-half points came from the free throw line.

“Defense and energy was our focus tonight and we just wanted to keep them out of the paint and close out on their shooters,” Coach Andy Muse of Mount Tabor said. “We put on a clinic in the first half. David Peral did a great job of protecting the rim and rebounding the ball for us. We didn’t want to let them get second and third shots. This team plays hard, and they defend, and you can win some games when that happens.”

Mount Tabor will be vying for its seventh Spencer title, which would tie the Spartans with North Forsyth for the most championships won in tournament history. Muse has won each of the six championships for Mount Tabor.

“We just want to play well and for us, it’s another opportunity for our team to get on the court and win a championship,” Muse said. “I told them before the season that I thought we would be a championship team. This is our first opportunity to get one. We’ve got a great opportunity to win one (tonight), but nobody’s going to give it to you. We’ve got to go take it and we want to keep playing together. We’re playing together and we’re being unselfish. We’ve got a lot of weapons out there.”

North Surry battled No. 2 East Forsyth in an offensive showcase before coming away with a thrilling 93-90 win in overtime.

Jahreece Lynch, who scored 42 points in Wednesday’s opening round win against Reynolds, took control in overtime by scoring eight of his 22 points to give the Greyhounds enough of a cushion.

James McCreary, who finished with 33 points, was the offensive catalyst in the first half for the Greyhounds, pouring in 23 points with the help of six 3-pointers as North Surry built a 45-42 lead.

North Surry made eight 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 12 in the game.

“That was high-level basketball on both ends,” Coach Tyler Bentley of North Surry said. “East Forsyth is a great, great team and our guys were really competing out there. Our main focus tonight was not to turn the ball over. I thought we did a decent job of controlling the ball and not giving them easy baskets.”

The Greyhounds fell behind 58-50 midway through the third quarter before rallying and closing the gap to 67-64 entering the fourth.

They took the lead again with 3:37 left on a steal and layup by McCreary, but there were four lead changes during the final stretch in regulation. East Forsyth had the final shot in regulation but missed a chance to win the game at the buzzer.

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“I think the great thing about out team is that we can have a different guy light it up each night,” Bentley said. “Last night it was Jahreece, tonight it was James, and everybody plays their role extremely well.”

North Surry (9-0) has won two Frank Spencer titles, the last of which came in 1985.

“It’s incredibly special to be a part of this,” Bentley said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been in a championship game in the Frank Spencer, and for the guys to have the opportunity to leave a legacy like that would be really special.”

In the Atrium Health Bracket games at North Forsyth, Northwest Guilford, playing in its first Frank Spencer Tournament, edged Mount Airy 50-49.

The Vikings led 46-35 heading into the fourth quarter, only to see Mount Airy storm back and come up just short.

Reagan, coached by Adam Muse, Andy Muse’s oldest son, needed two overtimes to get past No. 6 seed Atkins 74-66.

Noah Quarless scored 22 points—nine of which came during the overtime periods—and 21 rebounds to lead the Raiders. Jake Phillips added 13, Cooper Jackson finished with 12 and Jalil Rogers added 10.

“We were down most of the game and then in the second half, our (defensive stops) started piling up,” Adam Muse said. “Noah did a tremendous job on the defensive end finishing plays and grabbing those rebounds, and Cooper had six blocks in the second half to really help us protect the rim. Atkins did a great job of controlling the boards early, getting plenty of second chance points. We were struggling to keep the ball in front of us in the first half and got in a hole. I’m proud of my guys for being able to fight back and being resilient enough to do so when things really weren’t going our way the whole night.”

Adam Muse is in his third year as the coach at Reagan and is seeking his first championship as a head coach. Adam was an assistant coach at East Forsyth with his uncle, Mike, when the Eagles won the Pepsi Bracket in 2018. Mike has won four Spencer titles. And Adam’s grandfather, Tom, the legendary former coach at Parkland, who is now an assistant at Mount Tabor for Andy, won two Frank Spencer Championships. The tournament means a lot to the Muse family.

Reagan coach Adam Muse will lead his team in the championship game of the Atriam Health Bracket, shortly before his father, Andy, leads Mount Tarbor in the final of the Pepsi Bracket.

Reagan coach Adam Muse will lead his team in the championship game of the Atriam Health Bracket, shortly before his father, Andy, leads Mount Tarbor in the final of the Pepsi Bracket.

“He’s got his players playing well and he’s got everybody healthy for the first time all year,” Andy Muse said. “It’s been a real joy to see him build a program. And now he’s got a chance to win a championship and now he’s got to stay focused and get the job done.”

Adam Muse said he really hadn’t given much thought to what winning a Frank Spencer title would mean to him just yet.

“I try not to get too caught up in that because I’m trying to get these guys prepared and I just want our guys to grow as a group. It would be great for this team and our program, but I want to see them continue to get better. That’s the main thing to me.” Adam Muse said.

Notes: Tournament officials canceled all consolation games because of forecasted temperatures in the teens on Friday and the fear of black ice forming on roads from all the rain on Thursday.

Both championship games were also moved up and will be played at North Forsyth at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

North Surry Coach Tyler Bentley gives his team instructions during a timeout in its semifinal victory over East Forsyth.

North Surry Coach Tyler Bentley gives his team instructions during a timeout in its semifinal victory over East Forsyth.