PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry doubled up Elkin through three quarters and cruised to an 87-49 win Friday afternoon.
It was a good day for the Northwest Conference as all four teams won in the first day of East Surry’s Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament. The same schools are back in action again today starting at 2 p.m.
In the East Surry boys’ game, the Cardinals led 72-35 at the end of the third and went up as many as 41 points with 4:21 left in the fourth.
East led 8-5 in the first quarter, then used a 13-3 for a 21-8 lead going into the second quarter.
After a basket by the Elks, East scored three more times for a 27-10 lead as Elkin called a timeout with 6:44 left in the half.
Tyrek Hayes and Kody King tried to keep Elkin in the game. Hayes nailed three long jumpers and scored 11 points in the first half. King scored four times in the paint.
“A couple of times there was bad positioning, but he moves his feet really well down on the block,” Coach Jason Anderson said of King, who finished with team-high 17 points.
Still, by halftime the Cards led 44-26. Guard Scott Meredith had 18 points by the break, and center Seth Brim added a dozen.
“I told them we did a good job of ball pressure against them,” said Anderson. “We got some hands on the ball.” Those tips and deflections led to steals and rebounds that got the Cards off and sprinting toward the other end.
“Brim runs the floor very well,” Anderson said. Meredith was pushing the ball up the floor and was able to find Brim in transition.
Anderson believes this team will have great front court depth once the handful of football players join the squad. He used some JV players Friday to substitute often and keep fresh players on the floor. He said he expects a lot of people to get minutes this season.
The team played a slightly faster pace than some of his past squads, and that led to a few turnovers, he said, but not as many as he feared he might have. The guys have to get used to making smart decisions while playing faster, he added.
In the third quarter, Brim and Carson Long got the Cards off to a good story, spearheading a 9-2 run for a 53-28 lead.
Garrett Vass did a good job of rebounding and drawing fouls. He had eight trips to the foul line in the second half.
Meredith led the Cards with 25 points, Brim 16 and Long 12. The bench provided another 34 points.
Vass, Tyler Smith and Tanner Tucker scored seven points each, Charlie Freeman six, Jacob Bowman four and Trace Simmons three.
The Cards will be in the tournament finale this evening, starting around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. against Forbush.