Eagles nipped at the end by Forbush 55-53

Jeff Linville

February 19, 2014

DOBSON — Surry Central led by 12 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but lost to Forbush on a last-second play.

The Golden Eagles had the ball with the score tied at 53-all. With about 10 seconds to go, Forbush’s Carson Fulp stole the ball, rushed down the floor and scored the winning basket with 3.8 seconds left.

The Eagles got the ball to leading scorer Zach Wilmoth, but the senior didn’t get a good look on a three and missed at the buzzer.

A week earlier, the Eagles beat Forbush by 10 points with the Falcons’ Barrett Hennings going off for 35 points.

In this one, Central slowed Hennings down to 16 points, but his teammates picked up the slack.

Fulp scored six of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, and Tyler Johnson had all five of points in the period.

Central started off the game with an 8-0 run, but the Falcons pulled to 11-9 by the end of the period.

The Eagles struggled to score in the second period, putting up just seven points in seven minutes before Jake Wilmoth hit back-to-back threes to put Central up 23-22 at the break.

Central actually had one of its best shooting performances of the year, making 61.2 percent of its tries.

That included an incredible 18 of 26 on two-point tries and a respectable 6 of 18 from long range.

However, that accuracy fell at the foul line where the team went only 6 of 16. And, the Eagles committed 18 turnovers.

Assistant coach Jeff Edmonds said the team got going in transition a few times in the third quarter and was efficient in running its offense.

The score was tied at 25-all before a 15-3 run put the Eagles in control. Cole Stewart had three assists and a 3-pointer in the surge.

However, in the fourth quarter, turnovers allowed Forbush to answer with a 21-5 push.

Zach Wilmoth finished 8 of 9 shooting inside the arc, but 0 of 6 from deep. He had a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds.

Dante Hanner shot 4 of 6 to score nine points with seven boards.

Jake Wilmoth hit three from long range for nine points, and Rocky Collins led the team with four assists.

The Eagles are the third seed from the Western Piedmont Conference. Right now, they are still eligible for an automatic berth into the 2A state playoffs. However, if South Stokes or Forbush were to pull off upsets and win the tournament, Central would be bumped off the bubble.

Forbush plays Carver on Thursday at West Stokes in the semifinals.