Central boys rally to win, girls fall to Forbush

First Posted: 1/9/2009

Thomas Smith
Staff Reporter

DOBSON Surry Central split with the visiting Forbush Falcons last night in a MVC 2-A Conference match up.
The Surry Central boys rallied from a late deficit to defeat the Falcons 56-53 in dramatic fashion.
The Golden Eagles led much of the first half, with the start of the game extremely up tempo. Central led by two at the end of the first quarter 16-14, then looked to slow things down by targeting their low post game.
Marvin Spicer paced the Golden Eagles with 13 points, also playing big on the boards. Ethan Wilmoth also had 13 for Central, followed by Austin McLamb and Jake Levesque with 9 points each.
Central took at 7 point lead into the locker room but Forbush showed very quickly at the start of the third quarter that they would not go away easily.
The Falcons Matthew Smitherman took the opening in-bounds pass of the second half straight to his goal for a one-handed dunk with the Surry Central defense looking confused.
Forbush scored 7 straight points to tie the game at 30-30 to start the half followed by a small run by the Golden Eagles.
Two consecutive baskets by Forbushs Kurry Russell brought his team within 1 point at 40-39 Surry Central, with Zach Hutchens three pointer from the corner giving the Falcons the lead late in the third.
Forbush used a 8-2 run to get back into the game, eventually taking a 5 point lead at 47-42 with 6:04 left to play.
Central then made a comeback of their own, with McLamb scoring two straight, followed by a big rebound putback by Spicer to cut the Forbush lead to 50-48 with 3:22 remaining.
Forbush had trouble hitting their free throws down the stretch, finishing the night a dismal 6 for 18 from the line, compared to Surry Central who shot 17 for 25.
With time ticking away and Central down 51-50 Spicer corralled another big rebound, missing the put back but the ball was tracked down by Centrals Dave Wilmoth, who leapt into the stands for the save, getting fouled in the process.
Wilmoth hit both free throws to give Central the lead 52-51 with 49 seconds left to play.
Forbush then gave the ball to Smitherman who drove into the middle of the lane and was called for charging, giving the ball back to Central with 33 seconds remaining.
Ethan Wilmoth hit two more free throws to put Central up 54-51, but a shot by Hutchen, again from the corner, cut the lead back to just 1 point at 54-53 Central with 23 seconds to play.
Forbush did not connect on their next trip and the Golden Eagles hit 2 of their next 4 free throws to give them the lead at 56-53 with 12 seconds remaining.
Forbush had one last chance, with Smitherman driving the length of the court, but instead of setting up for a game tying three point attempt, he drove to the basket, tried to dunk and got the ball stuck on the bottom of the rim. Central recovered and the game was theirs, with the Golden Eagles holding on for the 56-53 win.
Surry Central coach Ken Eiswald said he was pleased with the way his team showed poise while being down late in the game.
Its almost to a point where we feel better when we get behind, Eiswald said. I dont know why that is and I told them that we got down but I was looking at their face and they werent panicking. We know that if we execute each possession and play solid defense and get boards well get ourselves back in the ball game. Really for the first time tonight when we got a lead at the end of the game we looked like we knew how to finish it. The other night against East Wilkes we just didnt look like we knew how to finish, we did stupid things, and tonight we were just a lot smarter in finishing the game.
Matthew Smitherman led Forbush with 17 points, followed by Zach Hutchen with 10 points and Kurry Russell with 9 points. The trio of Smitherman, Hutchen and Russell combined for 25 of Forbushs 30 second half points.
While the Golden Eagle boys came out on top, the Surry Central girls did not have as much luck, losing to Forbush 51-35.
Central was down just two, 8-6, early in the first quarter, but Forbush went on a 15-2 run into the second quarter to widen their lead and put the Eagles in a hole.
Forbush outsized Central and it showed, with the Falcons getting many of their points on offensive rebounds and second chance shots.
Down 23-11 at the half the Golden Eagle girls refused to give up, using a hectic press to cut into the Forbush lead in the third and fourth quarters, but were never able to make a substantial run due to poor shooting and frequent turnovers.
We have got to be able to connect on some of the shots that we are getting, Surry Central coach Mandy Holt said following the game. When we are open weve got to connect with those. I do think our defensive effort was there again. I am a firm believer that if we keep working hard enough good things are eventually going to come our way, but we have got to keep working on the offensive ends. We did rebound better tonight but they did get a lot of offensive rebounds and second chances.
Dean said if there is one thing for certain about her team it is that they will not quit when things are tough.
Thats one thing that we really talk a lot about, never giving up, Dean said. Just like Ive said before, I really believe that if you work hard enough that eventually things are going to go your way and I think some of that has transferred over to them as well. I never have to worry about them giving up on me. They are going to fight until the end no matter what.

Forbush 51,
Surry Central 35

Forbush 14 9 15 13 51
Surry Central 6 5 9 15 35

Surry Central Patty Murphy 10, Brittany Cline 9, Marshall 6, Dockery 4, Harrison 4, Chavez 1, Joyner 1

Forbush Amber Wooten 13, Racheal Salmons 10, Long 9, William 6, Lineberry 5, Caudle 5, Daughtry 2


Surry Central 56,
Forbush 53

Surry Central 16 14 19 11 56
Forbush 14 9 10 16 53

Surry Central Marvin Spicer 13, Ethan Wilmoth 13, McLamb 9, Levesque 9, D. Wilmoth 5, Shumaker 4, Hudson 2, Boyles 1

Forbush Matthew Smitherman 17, Zach Hutchen 10, Russell 9, Norman 7, Butner 5, Lujano 2

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