DOBSON — The Golden Eagles of Surry Central tallied their first win of the season in a 71-52 come-from-behind victory over Elkin.
The boys of Surry Central went into Thursday’s game 0-6. If you would’ve stopped watching after the night’s first quarter, you would assume that the unlucky streak increased to seven in a row.
Elkin came out firing, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers and holding a steady 13-4 lead. Despite getting shot opportunities, the ball wouldn’t find the bottom of the net for the Eagles.
A triple from Ryan Martin marked the first field goal of the game nearly three minutes in. Another 3-pointer from the Buckin’ Elks and a few jump shots later, Elkin led 16-8 after eight minutes of play.
Martin Palacios finally brought the Eagles to life with a second quarter surge of energy. Following the first basket made by the Elks, Palacios led his team on a 5-0 run. All five points came in transition.
When the Elks threw up a shot, they either scored or retreated on defense. Central dominated their opponents on the boards, led by Martin and Noah Cox.
Foul trouble kept the game competitive for the home team. Central entered the bonus with 3:09 remaining and knocked down four of six shots from the charity stripe in the quarter. Elkin only attempted a single free throw in the first half.
The Elks maintained a 28-23 to start the third quarter but it was evident that a momentum shift was beginning to take shape. By continuing to dominate the boards and play in transition, Surry Central slowly but surely cut away at the lead.
With only six players having scored in the Eagles’ 23-point first half, it was a shock to the visitors when Central tallied 21 points from seven different players in the third quarter alone.
In the backcourt, Nolan McMillen and Brandon Norman were the distributors. The duo grabbed defensive rebounds and found streaking teammates for easy transition buckets.
A 3-pointer from McMillen cut the Elkin lead to two points, and the game was tied soon after on a baseline drive from Palacios. Palacios converted on the and-1 to give his team its first lead since 1-0.
But the Golden Eagles didn’t stop there. Central ended the quarter on a 10-3 run to go up 44-35 entering the final quarter of play.
Palacios was an impact player for three quarters without having to score. The guard spread the floor and created instant offense stemming from defensive rebounds.
Apparently that wasn’t enough for Palacios, as he exploded for 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. This included three 3-pointers as the Eagles extended their lead to double digits.
Nine different Eagles contributed to the team’s 26 fourth-quarter points. Even with a lead, Central never let up until the final whistle cemented its 19-point victory.
Palacios led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Norman with 15, and Elkin’s Austin Longworth with 12.
The Eagles host Forbush tonight in their final game before the Christmas break.
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