DOBSON — The Surry Runnin’ Patriots used a 28-point fourth quarter to pull away from Sheets Memorial Christian School (Lexington) 57-44 last Thursday at Surry Community College.
Surry trailed by five points heading into the fourth quarter before senior center Nathaniel Goodman took over, with 16 of his game-high 22 points in the final period. Goodman connected on 13 of 14 free throws as the Eagles started fouling to stop the clock. Fellow senior P.J. Bunke hit 2 of 3 from beyond the arc and added 11 points.
Goodman also had 19 rebounds for the Patriots in a game that amounted to “mental toughness and good decision-making down the stretch,” according to assistant coach Paul Bunke.
“Our guys hung against a scrappy young team,” Bunke said. “Sheets has some guys that can shoot 3’s very well. To hold them to 44 points is a testament to our defense and our rebounding. I’m so proud of our guys for avenging the loss earlier in the season. Nathaniel Goodman is as strong of a rebounder as this program has ever seen, and obviously his efforts from the line were clutch for us.”
On Monday, the Patriots traveled to face Winston-Salem Christian School. The visiting Patriots played the Lions tough, but eventually fell 64-56. The Patriots were led by P.J. Bunke’s 23 points. Goodman also hit double-figures with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Ethan Holt scored 10 points and junior Brett Lowell had 10 rebounds.
Bunke fouled out as the Patriots were trying to make a comeback and Surry couldn’t overcome a huge game by the Lions’ Jamal DeShields, who scored 42. DeShields hit five 3-pointers in the game.
“This guy was tough to stop tonight,” Bunke said. “How do you defend a 30-foot shot. That’s a shot you let most guys have, but DeShields was hitting them … we’re thankful for our guys’ effort tonight. They weren’t intimidated and fought till the end.”
On Tuesday night, the Patriots returned home and defeated the High Point Home Educators 68-60. Surry overcame a strong individual performance by the Eagles’ LaJarius McCoy, who finished with 38 points.
“Tonight we saw a level of team ball that is hard to surpass,” head coach Todd Gerber said. “The men did a fantastic job on both ends. We adjusted early on our defensive set, kept it simple and pushed hard with our fundamentals. The team dug their heels in deep and dominated the boards on both ends. One of the main things that stood out was how well they protected the ball and how patiently they waited for their offensive opportunities.”
The Patriots hit 21 of 27 free throws. P.J. Bunke and Holt hit 8 of 10 at the line to seal the win. Surry had three players in double-figures, led by Bunke’s 27 points. Goodman scored 16 points to go along with 22 rebounds and Lowell added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Jeremiah Simpson had nine points, and Holt had six points in the second half.
The Patriots were scheduled to play Community Baptist School of Reidsville on Tuesday night. Surry was to recognize seniors Goodman, Bunke, McKinley Walsh and Nathan Hudson.