PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry fans were treated to the Carson show Monday night.
No, not Johnny Carson, but forward Carson Long who lit up South Stokes for 27 points, including East’s first 10 points.
At the start of the game, the defense wasn’t where it needed to be, said Coach Jason Anderson. South Stokes led 5-4 with 4:43 left in the first.
Then the defense picked up, and the offense got some good opportunities, he said. The Cardinals went on a 19-3 run to lead 23-11 before South Stokes hit a three-pointer near the end of the quarter.
The offense continued to churn, pushing the lead to 36-21 with about three and a half minutes left in the second period.
This game was a good opportunity for the guys to see that defense fuels offense, said Anderson.
After building that nice lead, however, the Cards allowed the Sauras to go on a 9-0 run to close to 36-30 at the break.
There was too much dribble penetration in that run, according to the coach.
Knowing that the Cards have three games in three days this week, Anderson was freely substituting, trying to give everyone some minutes.
However, some of the reserves were a little tentative out there, he noted. The football players are still getting adjusted and weren’t always on time moving their feet to cut off driving lanes.
At the same time, Anderson said he had to give credit to the Sauras for not hanging their heads. They continued to battle all night and made the Cards work harder than Anderson had hoped with a game today at North Surry and Wednesday at West Stokes.
East outscored South Stokes 20-15 in the third quarter to take a 56-45 lead into the final period before winning by 17.
Long finished with a career-high 27 points.
“Carson, he’s a hard kid to guard,” said Anderson. The 6-foot-1 junior can post up inside, hit from midrange and has three-point range.
Carson’s confidence is growing, and the coach says he has developed good confidence in the player as well.
Long wasn’t just scoring, either. He had five rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Scott Meredith hit three three-pointers in the first half and finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Seth Brim didn’t score in the first half, but finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
Jacob Bowman scored six points, Jack Edwards five, Cody Ashburn four and Tyler Smith one.
Jacquan Martin led South Stokes with 11.