First Posted: 2/23/2009
East Surry gave host Thomasville all it could handle and a little more, but fell short, 68-61, in overtime in the first round of the NCHSAA 1-A state playoffs Monday night.
The Cardinals trailed at the half, 28-24, but outscored the Bulldogs by six to take a two-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter with East clinging to a five-point lead with just over a minute remaining, Thomasville connected on a huge 3 to cut the lead to two before eventually tying it up at 58.
East Coach Jason Anderson said that East missed on its opportunities to come away with the win.
We had our chances at the end, but missed some easy ones and they hit a huge 3 to push it into overtime.
With the score knotted at 58, East had a shot to pull the upset but the potential game winner came up short, sending the game into overtime.
In the five minute overtime period, Thomasville proved to be too much, as it scored two quick baskets to get up by four, forcing East to play catch-up.
We got down early in the overtime and just werent able to catch up. Anderson said.
Coach Anderson said his Cardinals gave it their all in the losing effort.
These guys played with a lot of heart tonight. They battled hard and werent intimidated by those guys.
When Thomasville left the gym after the game, they knew they had just been to war.
Anderson credits his seniors for their hard work all season long.
Our seniors gave it their all tonight just like they have all season. These were a bunch of great guys.
Hunter Diamont led the Cardinals in the losing effort with 17 points while Spence Tuttle chipped in with 14.
D.J. McLendon led the Bulldogs with a game-high 25 points.
EAST SURRY 61
EAST SURRY 11 13 18 16 3 61
THOMASVILLE 12 16 12 18 10 68
EAST SURRY Hunter Diamont 17, Spence Tuttle 14, Andrew Hunter 12, Patrick Marion 11, Covington 3, W. Tuttle 3, Lawson 1.
THOMASVILLE D.J. McLendon 25, Brandon Lucas 12, Dee Dowel 10, Pickett 9, Thomas 8, Wilkes 4.