KERNERSVILLE — East Surry’s boys defeated Bishop McGuinness 64-60 on the road to finish in second place in the Northwest Conference.
The two teams were tied at 8-3 going into the final game of the regular season.
With the win, East Surry improved to 9-3 and 18-5 overall. The Villains fall to 8-4, 19-5 overall.
The Cardinals also beat Bishop in their first meeting by eight points, which could be a good psychological edge for the second round of the conference tournament.
East Surry hosts Walkertown (6-18) today at 6:30 p.m., and Bishop hosts North Stokes (8-16). Mount Airy (14-8) hosts Atkins (2-22). And Winston-Salem Prep (18-4) has a first-round bye.
If East and Bishop win as expected, the teams would play again in the semifinals.
If Mount Airy wins, the Bears would face Prep in the semifinals. The Bears gave Prep its biggest scare, leading for much of the game before falling by two points.
In this game, East coach Jason Anderson said the score was close throughout the night. The biggest lead of the game was five points in East’s favor.
The Cards led 18-17 after one quarter and 31-27 at the break. The Villains tied the game by the end of the third quarter at 45-all.
“Both teams had players make plays,” said Anderson.
Despite not having a practice since last Tuesday, Anderson said his defense came out with great intensity.
And while the shooting outside was understandably rusty, the offensive execution was very good. The Cards got open looks, but just didn’t capitalize enough on them.
Bishop likes to get open looks from the outside itself, but East gave their guards problems all night, the coach said.
East scored to go up by four points with a couple of minutes left. Bishop made a three to cut the lead to one.
East scored to make it a three-point game, then grabbed a defensive rebound, forcing Bishop to start the foul game.
Carson Long hit 2-2 and Scott Meredith made some shots to maintain the lead, the coach said.
Meredith led East with 24 points and four steals to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Seth Brim had 14 points and a team-high seven boards. He also blocked two shots.
Long led the team with five assists and four blocks to go with 11 points and six rebounds.
Jack Edwards added five points, Bryan Banks four, Tyler Smith four and Jacob Bowman two.
Since East Surry’s girls are playing away at Atkins, the boys will start earlier than usual.
The boys will tip off at 6:30 p.m.