First Posted: 12/2/2009
One night after giving up a 10-point fourth quarter lead in a loss to East Surry, North Surry bounced back with an emphatic 66-46 win over Starmount.
Starmount led by five in the early going, but a three from Tanner Easter, and consecutive lay-ups by J.B. Coram gave North a lead they would hold for nearly the entire game.
Minus a short stretch in the final minutes of the second quarter, the Greyhounds were in control, taking a 25-22 lead into the locker room before exploding in the third, outscoring the Rams 16-7 to lead 41-29.
Starmount made a short run of its own early in the final period to pull within eight, but consecutive 3-pointers from Norths Tanner Easter all but sealed the deal.
North Surry coach Chris Butler said the difference between Tuesday nights collapse and Wednesdays romp was offensive capabilities.
We are still not playing to our full capabilities, Butler said. Its early and we expect mistakes, but tonight we were able to make shots, last night we didnt, especially to widen the lead in the second half. And we hit free throws, which is something thats been sorely lacking in the first two games.
The Rams turned to a full-court press in the final period, which North ate up, scoring 25 points to Starmounts 17, while the Rams struggled to hold onto the ball.
North pulled out to a 20-point lead and never looked back.
J.B. Coram led the Greyhounds with 16 points, followed by Tanner Easter with 15 and Blaize Brintle with 12, 10 of which came off free throws.
North Surry 66, Starmount 46
Starmount 10 12 7 17 46
North Surry 11 14 16 25 66
Starmount McDaniel 11, Barr 8, Johnson 4, Hurt 4, Billups 4, Riley 4, Dobson 9
North Surry J.B. Coram 16, Tanner Easter 15, Blaize Brintle 12, Utt 6, Ratcliff 5, Hiatt 4, France 3, Edwards 2