Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
January 18, 2014
Surry Central pulled off a monster fourth quarter to edge North Surry on the road Friday night.
Zach Wilmoth hit back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game, then Jeremy Patterson hit a buzzer-beater for a 53-51 win.
The Greyhounds honored their 1987-88 and 1988-89 basketball teams before the game, then came out fired up against the Golden Eagles.
Nathan Fletcher, whose dad Mark was on the 1989 state championship team, scored eight points in the opening minutes. Mason Hawks added a three as North jumped out to an 11-0 lead.
The Eagles cut the lead to four at 13-9 by the end of the period. They closed to 24-22 by halftime.
The Hounds outscored the Eagles 15-7 in the third quarter, opening up a 39-29 lead before the Eagles added a basket at the end of the period to make it 39-31.
The Eagles had a slight size advantage inside with Wilmoth and Dante Hanner, but North did a good job of sagging back in the paint and making it hard to get the pass inside, said Central assistant coach Jeff Edmonds.
Coach Ken Eiswald changed up the offensive strategy at the start of the fourth and that seemed to pay off, said Edmonds.
The Eagles cut the lead to 49-45 and got the ball back.
Wilmoth hit a three-pointer to make it 49-48. After two free throws by Fletcher, Wilmoth hit another long shot to tie the game.
Both shots came on backside options after trying to get the ball in to Dante, said Edmonds. So being patient and swinging the ball around paid off.
North Surry missed a shot, and Kirk Needham got the rebound and ran it up the floor for Central.
Eiswald called a timeout with 1:07 left. The Eagles ran the clock down to 15 seconds before calling another timeout to set up a play.
Cole Stewart tried to get the ball to Zach, but the Hounds knocked the ball away, said Edmonds.
The Hounds passed the ball up the floor to try to get off a last-second shot, but Cole didn’t give up on the play, Edmonds said. He deflected the ball, got it back and fired a pass to Patterson under the basket for the game-winner.
The Eagles shot 53.6 percent on two-point attempts and were 8-9 at the foul line.
Wilmoth was 7-11 on two-point tries, 4-8 from deep and 5-5 at the stripe. He finished with 31 points, six rebounds, two steals and a block.
Hanner was 4-7 from the field, scoring eight points with six boards, two steals and two blocks.
Fletcher led the Hounds with 29 points. He sank 15-19 foul shots, accounting for more than half his points at the line.
Kendal Tucker scored 10 points for the Hounds as he moved into the starting lineup. No other Hound was in double figures.
S.C. 9 13 7 24 = 53
N.S. 13 11 15 12 = 51
Zach Wilmoth 31, Dante Hanner 8, Cole Stewart 6, Jeremy Patterson 3, Jake Wilmoth 3, Brett Mosley 2
Nathan Fletcher 29, Kendal Tucker 10, Marcus Sawyers 5, Mason Hawks 3, Caleb Hobernicht two, Tanner Hodgin two.