First Posted: 2/4/2009
DOBSON Surry Communitys Josh Nesbitt snatched an alley-oop pass, jammed it down, pointed at the crowd and added one of several exclamation points to the Knights 100-75 rout of visiting Wilkes Community Wednesday night.
Nesbitts dunk was sandwiched in between slams by Quasim Fredrick and Chris Boyce, and capped off what Surry coach Eddie Wilmoth said was one of the top games his team has put together all season.
Probably our best performance weve had all year, Wilmoth said. We had a big game against Lenior last Saturday who was undefeated at home and we came up with a big win down there and it carried well to this game. We had a lot less turnovers, we shot the ball well and overall we played really hard.
Nesbitt had a monster game, finishing with 31 points and 16 rebounds in the win. The Knights put four other players in double figures, with Colton Foushee adding 17 points and 9 rebounds, Quasim Fredrick adding 16 and Jeremy Helms and Chris Boyce 13 and 10 points respectively.
Surry held to a double-digit lead for much of the second half, with Wilkes opting to loft long-range jumpers to try and cut into the Knights lead.
Wilkes were able to bring the Knight lead to 10 points two separate times during the second half, but both times Surry responded by going on runs to spread the margin back out.
While the Wilkes 3-pointers were not falling, the long rebounds from those shots gave Surry a running start on its fast break, with the Knights running away in the end, defeating Wilkes in the most lopsided win Surry has enjoyed all season.
With the win, Surry moves into a tie for 5th place in the Region X conference standings with Vance-Granville, who just happen to be the Knights next opponent this Saturday on the road.
While the Knights enjoyed a good all-around performance, Wilmoth commented on Josh Nesbitts fantastic night.
Nesbitt, who was sidelined with an ankle injury earlier in the season, has become a major difference maker for the Knights in the final stretch.
Josh had a heck of a ball game tonight, Wilmoth said. He was injured early this season and it took him to mid-year to get back to form and now he is really getting into good playing shape. The last five or six games he has averaged over 20 points a game, so hes really helped us.
Wilkes, who dressed just six players for Wednesdays game, was led by Gaither Hendrix with 25 points and Dwayne Alston with 22.
Surry Community 100,
Wilkes Community 75
Surry Joshua Nesbitt 31, Colton Foushee 17, Quasim Fredrick 16, Jeremy Helms 13, Chris Boyce 10, Thorp 6, Chambers 5, Royster 2
Wilkes Gaither Hendrix 25, Dwayne Alston 22, DiAngelo Reed 11, Jordan Paris 10, Teasley 7