Eagles overcome slow start to best Elkin 52-40
DOBSON — The Golden Eagles overcame a sluggish start to beat Elkin 52-40 Friday night.
The Elks shut down Surry Central in the first quarter to take a 12-5 lead.
Then it was Central’s turn to clamp down the defense, taking the second quarter 15-4 for a 20-16 halftime lead.
Central stretched the lead to 10 by the end of the third before winning by a dozen.
Last season, the three-pointer was Central’s Achilles heel, but now the Eagles have put together back-to-back games with nice outside shooting.
Rocky Collins and Zach Wilmoth each hit two long bombs as the Eagles went 6-16 as a team, 37.5 percent.
Coach Ken Eiswald went to the bench often, spreading the minutes around. Six players had at least 17 minutes, and nine played nine minutes or more.
Wilmoth led the team with 17 points to go with nine rebounds.
Freshman Dante Hanner had 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. He scored seven points, but shot just 3-10 inside.
Collins finished with eight points, two assists and two steals and didn’t commit a turnover.
Point guard Kirk Needham had seven points, three assists and a steal.
Cole Stewart scored four points, Jake Wilmoth three, Brett Mosley two and Samuel Harris one. Jeremy Patterson had three points and three rebounds in just nine minutes of action.
For Elkin, Tyrek Hayes led with 12 points, Jamiles Hayes nine, Kody King nine, Raz Walker five, Josh Strickland three and Eric Kelly one.
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