Walnut Cove — East Surry lost in the final moments of the Northwest 1A/2A Tournament Monday night, 64-63.
The winning basket was scored in the final moments of the fourth quarter following a hard fought, back and forth match most of the evening. “Both teams made runs throughout the game,” commented Cardinal Head Coach Jason Anderson. “It went back and forth the entire game.”
Surry held a two-point lead with just seconds left on the clock. Then Stokes’ Jaron Withers made the deciding two points with a one-handed, left-handed offering right at the buzzer that went in to snatch the win from the Cards.
Anderson commented that this is the second time this season Surry has lost a game this way.
“The kids played hard and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Anderson. “They played their hearts out. It was a well-played game.”
East Surry netted 12 points in the first period and followed that up with 13 before the half. The Cardinals pumped in 20 in the third quarter and followed that with 17 in the fourth. South Stokes had 10 in the first and 12 in the second. Stokes added 19 in the third and scored 23 in the final frame.
Scott Meredith led East Surry with 22 points. Blake Gilley had 17. Ryan Simmons and Tyler Pardue each netted seven and Eli Gilbert scored six. Matthew Burke and Seth Brim each had two points.
Stokes was led by Withers with 24. Austin Price had 11, Mitchell Edwards and Aaron Hawks each had nine. Josh Wright had five, Ryan Smith three, Grant Joyce two and Jordan Gray one.
Pardue led rebounding for the Cardinals with six. Meredith had three assists and three steals.