PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry Cardinal varsity boys team dominated at home on Saturday against the North Stokes Vikings after opening up a face-paced tempo from the starting jump-ball.
The Cardinals won by a score of 53-37 and at half-time already were up 35-14.
Head Coach Jason Anderson said, “I thought our defense played good and forced turnovers.”
He also pointed to the good offensive work by the Cardinals’ perimeter shooters.
Scott Meredith had four three-pointers in the first half, Drew Alley scored one three-pointer and Carson Long got two points from the field.
The Cards coach said the team’s offense became stagnant in the third quarter but “did not let up offensively.”
The Cardinals turned back up the steam in the fourth quarter and hit 60 percent from the foul line, said the coach.
Anderson said the play of the game came when Jacob Bowman ran a set play and hit Devon Benton. Then, Benton scored two. The Bowman-to-Benton play was a defining moment for the Cards.
The team has persisted through injuries and now show its depth on the bench and good chemistry, Anderson said.
Anderson said Long and Austin Johnson came into the game and “played some great minutes.”
“We are playing well as a team,” said the coach.
Cards point guard Scott Meredith scored the game high of 20 points.
Drew Alley scored 12, Tyler Pardue six, Eli Gilbert six, Jacob Bowman four, Devon Benton two, Carson Long two and Seth Brim one.
The Vikings’ lead scorers were Garrett Wood with 17 points and Jackson Moorefield with nine.