Goldsboro guard Isaiah Wilder

Goldsboro guard Isaiah Wilder (1) shoots a free throw during Goldsboro’s game against Midway.

A nice bounce-back win.

Goldsboro High defined such sentiment on Friday evening, playing great basketball on both ends of the floor runs to beat Midway 84-37.

The Cougars were active from the start, using their athleticism to at first stun, then properly pick apart, the Raiders. Through the opening eight minutes, Goldsboro forced numerous Midway turnovers, which gave the Cougars easy looks at the basket.

“It was a good bounce-back win, we had a tough one against Spring Creek,” Goldsboro head coach Jamal Croom said. “We had to regroup, and you never want to lose, but sometimes you need something to wake you back up.

“The Spring Creek loss made us focus tonight.”

In the second quarter, the Cougars continued to roar. The Cougars outscored the Raiders 17-11 and had a 46-22 lead at halftime.

Goldsboro kept its foot on the gas pedal in the second half.

Senior guard Isaiah Wilder went to work in the third period, scoring eight of his 22 points. Wilder tormented Midway defensively and as a team, the Cougars outscored Midway 28-11.

Wilder’s great night was complemented by Christian Bullock, who finished with 13 points. JaeQuan Graham tallied 11 points, while Xavion Atkinson went for nine points.

In total, 12 different Cougars scored.

Midway was led by Tony Pena, who finished with a team-high 10 points.

Goldsboro, now 13-4 on the year, gets a few days off before it hosts Kinston.

“It was a good win for us,” Croom said. “In practice, we talked about all the things we did wrong against Spring Creek. We just talked about playing hard from beginning to end, and that’s something I wanted to see tonight and I saw it.”