South Stokes picked up their second conference win Friday night defeating Surry Central 48-44. The Golden Eagles came back from an eight-point hole to tie the game at 26 late in the third quarter but never managed to take the lead in the second half.
“We didn’t play well, but it was due to how hard Surry Central played. Sometimes during the season you have games like this where things just don’t click. We were very fortunate to come out of there with a win,” said South’s coach Jason Clark.
Point guard, Trey Scales, made some key steals including a steal in the final minute as the Eagles were trying to rally.
The Sauras led 6-4 when Central went with a zone, and South found Bryson Misenheimer wide open twice for jumpers. Back-to-back threes pushed the lead to eight and drew a timeout.
Midway through the second quarter, another score from Misenheimer gave the Sauras their biggest push at 18-10.
Then Surry Central closed the gap with two baskets and two foul shots.
It was a three-point game when Jonah Moorefield hit a shot with only two seconds left.
That made it 23-18 at the break.
Scales defense continued to keep South ahead. The junior had two steals in the open court that were converted into layups, and had an offensive rebound and basket. Along with a foul shot, he provided the only seven points of the quarter.
The Golden Eagles added a three and two foul shots to cut the margin to 30-28 at the end of the third.
In the fourth, the Sauras showed good movement and swung the ball around for easy baskets on the right block for Michal Phillips. After just one basket in the first three periods, Phillips scored seven points in the last eight minutes.
“Michal had some big shots down the stretch when they started extending their defense,” Clark said.
Surry Central inched closer and with 1:58 left, only trailed 41-38.
Scales made two free throws, but then he and Misenheimer missed the front ends of one-and-one chances in the final minute to keep the Eagles alive.
The Golden Eagles had a deep shot from the right wing hit the rim, backboard and rim again before falling off. That could have made it a one-point game with 14.3 seconds left, but a foul on the rebound gave Scales another two shots at the line.
Scales made one of two for a 44-39 lead.
Surry Central added two free throws with 10.2 seconds left to make the score 44-41.
After Misenheimer made two foul shots, Ethan Danley drained a three to pull Central within 46-44. But only two seconds remained, and the Eagles were hit with a technical foul for calling a timeout they didn’t have.
Misenheimer hit two more free throws with 1.2 seconds left to clinch it.
Although Clark was pleased with the win, he said his team couldn’t find their rhythm.
“We need to match or surpass a team’s effort each and every night in order to be successful the rest of the way,” he said.
West wins over Forbush
West Stokes picked up their first conference win of the season in a 67-48 matchup against Forbush on Friday.
Junior Josh Turner raked in 34 points and Reid Fulk added 18.
“I thought we played very well after the start. We started slowly but all in all it was a good road conference win,” said Wildcats coach Dan Spainhour.
His team is set to host county rival South Stokes on Friday. Although the Sauras hold the stronger record at this point in the season at 12-4, 2-0, the Wildcats have won the last 20 games dating back to Dec. of 2006.
“I’d like to see continued improvement on Friday. We have to focus on our execution every game. I think it’s very important for us to focus and not get caught up in who we’re playing, but how we’re playing,” Spainhour said.