East too much for Atkins

First Posted: 1/6/2015

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry went on a 28-6 run in the first half and blew out winless Atkins 63-40 in a Northwest 1A Conference game on Tuesday night.

With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Camels fell to 0-14, 0-4.

The Cards had four players reach double figures. Senior forward Carson Long led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Smith added 14 points, Jacob Bowman had 11, and Charlie Freeman finished with 10.

Atkins had a 10-9 lead before East closed the first quarter with a 3-pointer. The Cards outscored the Camels 25-6 in the second period. It was 46-28 heading into the fourth.

“We had a lot of shots we didn’t finish tonight,” East coach Jason Anderson said. “We actually shot better from 3-point range (50 percent) than we did from two. The second quarter, we did a better job.”

East has had several games this year where the scoring has been spread around. The Cards, winners of nine of the last 10 games, have a number of guys capable of having big games offensively.

“It is always good to have balanced scoring, we’d like to have to have a lot more of those,” Anderson said. “We’ll have to finish more of those (shots) around the basket.”

Demario Mercer paced Atkins with 11 points. East travels to Mount Tabor (8-5) on Friday for a nonconference game. It is the first time in Anderson’s tenure that the Cards have played the 4A Spartans.

Also on Friday, Mount Airy’s boys lost to Winston-Salem Prep 73-47. For more on the game, see Thursday’s edition.

East Surry 63, Atkins 40

Atkins 10 6 12 12 — 40

East Surry 12 25 9 17 — 63

Atkins: Demario Mercer 11, Mack 7, Harris 7, Agard 6, Mumford 3, Starks 4, Pauline 2

East Surry: Carson Long 17, Charlie Freeman 10, Tyler Smith 14, Jacob Bowman 11, Simmons 1, Taylor 2, Johnson 3, J. Edwards 3, Creed 2

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