The crowd had been relatively quiet throughout Wednesday afternoon's game between Glenn Hills and Cross Creek.
But with the unbeaten Spartans pushing the pace and approaching triple digits on the scoreboard, the encouragement from the Glenn Hills faithful reached a fever pitch inside Josey's James Roundtree Memorial complex.
"That (excitement) from the crowd really influences young people, but I've been in this business long enough to know that the important thing is getting the win," Glenn Hills coach Richard Wallace said.
Although they came up a basket short of that third magic number, the Spartans utilized a commanding first quarter performance to grab a big lead, then coasted to a 98-55 victory over the Razorbacks in the first round of the seventh annual Holiday Round Ball Classic.
"It was so energetic and live. It was amped," said junior forward Chris Reynolds, who matched teammate Jerel Stephenson with a game-high 22 points.
"You see college games when you're younger, and this is that same environment. It really lifts the team when you're a part of that."
Most in attendance will probably remember the game's waning moments, but it was the first quarter that really set the tone. Stephenson led the way, knocking down two 3-pointers en route to 15 first-quarter points and a 38-7 Spartan advantage.
After playing several close games this year, Wednesday's rout was a statement game for the Spartans, who ran their record to 8-0.
"It started with the Laney game, with our team coming together, but it seems like we are really playing as a team now," said Glenn Hills junior guard Reggie Middleton, who scored 10 points.
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