Winston-Salem, NC- Mount Tabors Quest Aldridge put on quite a show during the Spartans two-day swing through non-conference play.
Aldridge scored 18 points, dished 4 assists, and grabbed 4 steals in leading Tabor past East Forsyth 71-43 on Tuesday night. A win that gave the Spartans a 1-0 start to the season.
On Wednesday night, Aldridge finished with 25 points in a 64-50 win at home against West Forsyth. The short turnaround clearly didn’t affect the senior guard and the Spartans.
“It feels really good to get off to a good start,” explained Aldridge. “I know that my team needs me to show up almost every night if we want to compete and be a top team in the state. I’m pretty determined to not let them down.”
Mount Tabor Head Coach Andy Muse was impressed with Aldridge’s performances.
“He’s played very well the last six quarters we’ve played,” said Muse. “He’s a general on the floor and is doing a great job of running the show. He’s found the bigs wide open under the basket and also kicks out to our three point shooters.”
Coach Howard West made his debut with the West Forsyth Titans last night and it was his first time coaching against Muse since 2013. The Spartans had won the last matchup against West, 61-57, when he was with Forsyth Country Day.
“I love having Howard back in public school and back in the Spartan gym,” smiled Muse. “It’s always good to coach against a good competitor like Howard. He’s going to do a great job at West Forsyth.”
West explained Wednesday night’s game was the first time West Forsyth had played together with their current team. Coach West had made final cuts Tuesday night, adding a few football players to his final squad.
The Titans took an early 6-2 lead, provided by 3-pointers from Ryan Ayers and Ray Mitchell. Mount Tabor would respond with a 15-5 run to close out the 1st quarter, fueled by Aldridge’s eight points.
West Forsyth would eventually tie the game 19-19 with 4:01 left in the second quarter. However, the Spartans tightened up on defense and found their offensive rhythm, going on a 14-2 run to close out the quarter with a controlling 33-21 lead.
“We were a little conservative on defense to begin the game,” explained Muse. “Then we saw that they couldn’t handle the pressure. I thought we did a great job getting our offense going from our defense.”
The Spartans opened up the second half with an 8-2 run, pushing their lead to 18 over the Titans. Mount Tabor kept rolling, closing the third quarter with a lead of 53-33, all but putting the game out of reach.
Aldridge scored three 3-pointers, finished the third stanza with 11 points, and dished a no look assist to Jakob Moore for a monstrous slam. Moore would finish the night with 13 points and second in scoring for the Spartans.
“I’m very excited to get off to such a good start against two really well coached scrappy teams,” Aldridge said. “Both teams came at us with their best shot and I’m really proud of my team for the way we have responded in both games.”
Tabor will play Reagan at home next Tuesday.
The Titans home opener is schedule for next Tuesday night also, Dec. 4, against Grimsley.
West Forsyth (0-1): Ray Mitchell-8, Ryan Ayers-7, Kelvin Johnson-6, Jay Mitchell-5, Peyton Brown-5, Alex Reid-4, Chaz McCombs-4, Justin Crawford-4, Kris Mickens-3, Tyler Beckner-2, Jerren Scott-1, Braylen Morris-1
Mount Tabor (2-0): Quest Aldridge-25, Jakob Moore-13, Duncan Smits-8, Dillon Bullard-7, Andrew Muse-6, Shaylen Woodberry-2, Jordan Hunter-2, Aaron Muse-1