Posted On: 02/14/20 10:40 AM

The first round of the ever competitive GHSA Class 7A State Playoffs tipped off in Lilburn as R7 #1 No. 6 Berkmar (17-9) hosted R5 #4 West Forsyth (18-11). In what proved to be a physical and defense-oriented game, the Patriots pulled away in the second half after an ugly low-scoring 20-14 halftime lead, cruising 62-29. Here are five takeaways from Thursday’s game.

A Tale of Two Halves

Defense dominated the opening 16 minutes as both teams struggled to score. Berkmar with its outstanding length bothered West Forsyth and limited any clean looks going towards the basket. On the perimeter, the refs let the players play and Berkmar’s big guards were able to bump the Wolverines ball handlers and keep them from setting up their offense. With the way the game was called, it certainly benefited the more athletic team. Points were hard to come by, but West Forsyth did a good job having long offensive possessions. It was effective, but it may not have been the complete game plan since Berkmar didn’t give them any clean looks and the Wolverines’ slow pace was a necessity to get any type

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