DOBSON — East Surry and Surry Central battled closely in the first half, then the Cardinals put together a 17-1 run to take control for a 78-72 win.
“Both teams were playing hard, but there were some open looks you don’t normally see in a Surry Central/East Surry game,” said assistant coach Jeff Edmonds. “Usually the first team to 50 wins.”
The Golden Eagles have struggled with their shooting at times, but put together one of their finest all-around performances. They shot 52 percent overall, 45 percent from deep and 75 percent from the foul line.
Still, the Cards were even better, especially in the middle two quarters.
East’s Tyler Pardue scored the first shot of the game, then picked up two fouls and went to the bench.
Central then took control and led 16-12 after one.
The Cards put up 23 points in the second and led at the half 35-34.
Central came out of the break on fire, starting the third with a 14-3 run for a 10-point lead.
Simeon Bracken hit a three to open the half and then another three to end the spurt.
Then the Cards really began to execute offensively, noted Edmonds.
In a dramatic turn of momentum, the Cards ran off a 17-1 stretch for a 55-49 lead.
The lead seemed to stay between six and 10 points the rest of the way, the assistant said. The Eagles cut it as close as 74-70, but the Cards hit foul shots at the end to hold them off.
Scott Meredith was 4-4 in the fourth quarter and Drew Alley 3-4, he noted.
For the Cards, two players who were scoreless in the first half came up big in the second. Eli Gilbert scored eight points in the second half and Seth Brim seven.
Meredith led all scorers with 26 points, Pardue 13, Alley 11, Carson Long six, Austin Johnson four and Devin Benton three.
For Central, Luke Haymore led with 22 points and added four boards, two assists and a charge taken.
Colby Chilton had 15 points on 6-7 shooting and 3-4 at the line, with a team-high seven boards. Bracken also had 15 points with 3-4 from deep.
Zach Wilmoth suffered a bloody nose in the first quarter. He finished with 12 points, four assists, five steals and a block.
Kenyon Martin was 3-3 for six points, and one point came from both Brett Mosley and Kirk Needham.