First Posted: 2/16/2009
After three losses this season, East Surry is playing the Captain Ahab to the Moby Dick of the Northwest 1-A that is Bishop McGuinness.
After Mondays 70-58 Northwest 1-A semifinal loss, East Surry (12-13) head coach Jason Anderson wants yet another shot at the Villains (24-1).
We go to Thomasville in the first round of the state playoffs, Anderson said, but the road leads back to Bishop McGuinness and we might get another shot.
Make no mistake, the Cardinals competed from start to finish. They trailed by five at halftime and six after three quarters, a deficit that was cut in half in the opening moments of the fourth when Andrew Hunter hit a 3-pointer from the left wing.
But every time East Surry got its momentum moving in the right direction, the Villains responded. After Hunters 3, Bishop turned two turnovers into four easy points. When a Walt Tuttle 3 cut the Villains lead to 62-58 midway through the fourth, it was Bishop that made its free throws, negating any time-saving tactics the Cardinals tried to employ.
The Villains Aaron Toomey and Ross Diachenko put the proverbial nails in the coffin by combining to make 11 of 12 free throws in the fourth. Diachenko was perfect from the free-throw line for the game, sinking all 10 attempts. Toomey led all scorers with 29 points.
The Cardinals, however, were not as accurate. The size differential of Bishop McGuinness did not play much of a factor, as East Surry used ball movement and cuts to get inside. Once they got there, though, the Cardinals had a tough time finding the basket.
I dont think anything went wrong, Anderson said. I just think we missed some untimely shots. They got a couple breaks, they hit some big shots.
Compounding the Cardinals shooting troubles was the suffocating trap defense the Villains employed. Every offensive run Bishop produced began at the defensive end of the floor. The Villains cut into passing lanes, double-teamed and collapsed into the middle when East Surry tried to penetrate.
East Surry trailed, 24-18, after the first. In the second, they turned the game into a slugfest, pounding the ball inside and playing tight defense.
We gave them all they wanted and I promise you when they came out of halftime they were nervous, Anderson said.
Andrew Hunter paced the Cardinals with 17 points, followed by Marcus Lawson, who scored nine all in the first half. Hunter Diamont also added nine.
Contact Ed Phillipps at [email protected] or 719-1921.
Bishop McGuinness 70,
East Surry 58
East Surry 18 11 15 14 58
Bishop McGuinness 24 10 16 20 70
East Surry Andrew Hunter 17, Marcus Lawson 9, Hunter Diamont 9, Matt Covington 7, Patrick Marion 6, Spence Tuttle 4, Walt Tuttle 6,
Bishop McGuinness Aaron Toomey 29, Ross Diachenko 16, Matt Paspy 9, Zach Toomey 6, Mike Paspy 2, Steve Nealon 1