PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry basketball team rode a lineup of five seniors to a comeback victory on Tuesday night. The Cardinals trailed 38-35 entering the fourth quarter, but a sparkling offense scored 30 points in the final period to come away with a 68-53 win.
“Experience just paid off in the fourth quarter. Our five seniors did a pretty good job executing the offense, and they made some big shots at the end,” East Surry coach Jason Anderson said.
East Surry went 11-13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter as Walkertown looked for the comeback.
Tyler Smith led the Cardinals (4-2, 1-1) with 23 points, but he scored 15 of those points in the final period. He also made a trio of three-pointers to help his team pull away.
Perhaps Smith’s biggest impact of the night was on the glass, as the senior recorded 10 rebounds to finish off a double-double.
“(Tyler) does a good job reading the ball of the basket, and he just goes after it and gets it,” Anderson said.
The rest of East Surry’s offense was a balanced effort. Trace Simmons and Shawn Creed each scored nine points, while Kim Taylor and AJ Ellis tallied six. Staymon Johnson scored five points, but led his team with 10 assists.
Anderson said his team executed its offense best in the third quarter, but the Cardinals couldn’t make their open shots and were outscored 13-6 in the period.
East Surry will be back in action on Wednesday night and will be looking for its second victory of the season against the South Stokes Sauras. The Cardinals came away with a 45-44 win over South Stokes on Dec. 8.