PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Cardinals beat Union Academy 78-63 as senior Scott Meredith became East Surry’s all-time leading scorer.
Coach Jason Anderson said he didn’t make a big deal about the impending record in the days leading up to this game as he wanted his team focused on the playoffs. After four games in six days last week, he was worried about how his guys would bounce back.
Benny Moss set the school record of 1,304 points before graduating in 1988. He went on to a good career at UNC-Charlotte and now is a basketball coach.
Meredith came into the night 16 points behind Moss, so it wasn’t a sure thing that he would reach it Monday night.
The scorer took care of the record in easy fashion, going for 31 points to now stand at 1,319 for his career.
“Scott has worked hard for four years,” said Anderson. “He stays in the gym day in and day out no matter the season.” He said coaches love to see guys like that get awards.
East Surry jumped out to a 25-11 lead on Union Academy. Not only was Meredith hot from the outside, Seth Brim went 7-7 from the field and scored 19 points, noted Anderson.
Union came back with a strong second quarter to cut the lead to 38-32 at the break. However, the Cards put together a good third quarter to push the lead to 15 going into the fourth.
“It could have been a better defensive effort,” said the coach. Still, considering it was a team they hadn’t faced before, and the effects of four games last week, he thought the boys did pretty well.
“In the playoffs, you will take a win any way you can get it,” he said.
Carson Long scored 13 points and passed out three assists. Tyler Smith had two points and a team-high four assists. Meredith led the team with six rebounds and handed out three assists.
Garrett Vass scored four points off the bench, Cody Ashburn and Bryan Banks three each, Jacob Bowman two and Jack Edwards one.
As a team, the Cards made 18-22 from the charity stripe, 81.8 percent.
Starmount beat Queen’s Grant 57-30, so East Surry will travel to Jonesville on Wednesday for the second round.
The winner of that game likely gets defending champion Winston-Salem Prep in the third round.
* In other local games, Mount Airy upset North Stanly 71-66.
The Bears went in as a 12 seed at 15-9, while North Stanly (22-4) was a fifth seed.
The home team led 15-14 at the end of a back-and-forth first quarter. The second period was more of the same as North Stanly held a slim 30-28 halftime lead.
Then in the third quarter, Mount Airy took control 22-12 and held on in the fourth quarter to win by five points.
Caleb Horton went 7-7 at the foul line, with some of those shots coming at crucial times. He finished with 24 points.
Clay Mounce had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Carson Mounce had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Khaileel Dailey didn’t score, but still played good defense and added seven boards. Sihem Smith came off the bench to get five boards.
A.J. Atkins led North Stanly with 21 points.
On Wednesday, the Bears travel to fourth-seeded North Moore (16-8).
* In 2A action, North Surry, the 28th seed, fell to fifth-seeded Hunter Huss 93-50. West Wilkes lost to Lexington 85-68.
West Stokes beat East Burke 66-50 and will host another game on Wednesday.
Carver lost to Central Academy by five. South Stokes was blown out by second-seed Shelby 88-55.
Surry Central nearly pulled off an upset against Forest Hills.
The 19th-seeded Golden Eagles trailed by four points at the end of the third quarter, then came back to force overtime at 52-all.
Forest Hills pulled out a 59-58 squeaker to advance against third-seeded Monroe.