Central snaps 6-game losing streak

First Posted: 2/4/2009

DOBSON Ethan Wilmoth scored 13 points to lead Surry Central in its successful effort to snap a 6-game losing streak with a 55-51 win against South Stokes in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night.
Also scoring in double figures for the Golden Eagles (9-12 overall, 2-9 in conference) were Dave Wilmoth with 12 points and Jake Levesque with 11 points.
Central jumped out to a 16-9 lead late in the first quarter when Shane Johnson made a steal and led the Eagles on a fast break, making an easy layup with under one minute remaining in the quarter.
The Eagles held an 18-10 lead after one.
Centrals offense came out strong early in the second quarter as Ethan Wilmoth penetrated the lane and kicked the ball out to Dave Wilmoth for a 3-pointer. Wilmoths shot put Central ahead 21-14 a minute into the second quarter.
On the Eagles following possession, Brett Boyles swished a 3-pointer, capping a 6-2 run, giving Central a 24-14 lead.
Central held onto an eight-point lead late in the second quarter when Hunter Ford gave the Sauras a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 29-24, Central.
With under a minute left in the first half, the Eagles Ethan Wilmoth sank a 15-foot jumper to put the Eagles up 31-24 at the half.
Early in the third quarter, South Stokes used a pair of baskets to pull within three at 31-28 just a minute into the second half.
But Central answered the call with a 9-4 run. Levesque snagged a steal from the Sauras and went in for a layup to start the run.
On the Sauras next offensive possession, Central forced another turnover, leading to a Boyles layup as he was fouled. Boyles sank the lone free throw for a 3-point play, putting the Eagles on top 38-28.
Central took a comfortable 42-36 advantage with it to the fourth quarter, but South Stokes hung around late.
The Sauras cut the lead to 42-38 before Austin McLamb cut a South Stokes possession short with a tip of the ball to Dave Wilmoth. Wilmoth proceeded to take the ball in for a fast break layup for Central, building its lead back to six (44-38).
Central soon built a lead of seven points, 47-40, before Cedric Price got an open look for the Sauras and knocked down a 3-pointer, cutting the lead to four.
It looked as if South Stokes could steal the game away from Central late in the fourth quarter when Bam Hairston made a king-size block of a Levesque shot attempt, but the Sauras missed their ensuing shot.
With 1:32 left in regulation, Johnson sank a pair of clutch free throws to put Central up 49-43.
After a Sauras basket cut the Central lead to four, South Stokes had a chance to cut the lead to two after the Sauras full-court press caused an Eagles turnover. However, the Sauras lost the ball out of bounds on their ensuing possession.
Leading 50-45, Central caught the break of the night when Dave Wilmoth missed his second of two free throw attempts. A pair of South Stokes players went up for the rebound and Bam Hairston knocked the ball into Centrals basket, putting the Eagles up 52-45.
Boyles added a free throw, and Ethan Wilmoth added a pair of free throws en route to the Eagles 55-51 win.
After the game, no one was happier to put the losing streak behind him then Surry Central coach Ken Eiswald.
When youre winning, you kind of get used to that a little bit, Eiswald said. When youre losing, the ball doesnt ever seem to bounce your way. Youve got to make it bounce your way. My kids went out and did the things we talked about them doing.
Eiswald knew it would be tough to beat a team thats athletic like South Stokes, but he had a strategy for that.
We knew we couldnt jump with them, Eiswald said. So, we were gonna have to be fundamentally sound. Youre gonna have to seal people and get that defensive rebound.
I thought we did a great job in the first half pushing the ball up the floor, he added. We were hoping to make them shoot from the outside. We didnt feel like if they got the ball inside that wed have a chance.
Eiswald was impressed with the play of Jake Levesque, Brett Boyles and Shane Johnson.
I was impressed with the way Jake played, Eiswald said. Brett Boyles played a very solid game for us also. We put him at the point tonight.
One of those guys thats been a spark for us is Shane Johnson. He got a couple of steals and ran the floor.
Central travels to Forbush for a Mountain Valley 2-A Conference matchup Friday.

South Stokes 10 14 12 15 51
Surry Central 18 13 11 13 55

SOUTH STOKES Clutts 4, Greene 7, Hogan 2, Adams 8, Jones 8, Price 6, Ford 8, Hairston 4, Hazelwood 4

SURRY CENTRAL Dave Wilmoth 12, Ethan Wilmoth 13, Jake Levesque 11, Johnson 4, Hudson 2, McLamb 3, Spicer 3, Boyles 7

Contact Justin Nuzzo at [email protected] or 719-1922.

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