DOBSON — Surry Central trailed by seven points in the third quarter before a big run lifted the team to a 54-51 victory over Wilkes Central.
Zach Wilmoth scored a game-high 31 points to go with 11 rebounds. Wilmoth, a starter since his freshman year, now has 992 career points and could break 1,000 on Friday at Elkin.
Freshman Dante Hanner also had a double-double of 12 points and 13 boards as Surry looked inside over and over.
“We feel like we have good guys down in there,” said assistant coach Jeff Edmonds, so the team is going to go to them until the defense finds a way to stop them.
From a 4-4 tie, Wilkes Central went up 13-7 at the end of the first quarter and led 26-23 at the break.
The margin reached 32-25 with 5:35 left in the third before Surry Central got moving.
The team had better luck on defense, controlled the boards and got some looks in transition, said Edmonds.
That resulted in a 23-8 push to an eight-point lead with three minutes to go.
Wilkes refused to go away and cut the margin to one at 48-47.
Wilmoth scored inside to make it 50-47 at 1:38, then 52-47 on a Cole Stewart follow.
Wilkes kept coming and cut the lead to 52-51, but with eight seconds left, Rocky Collins hit two free throws for a three-point lead. Then Wilkes missed a shot at the buzzer.
The home team shot 48.6 percent on two-point shots, 1-6 on three-pointers and 15-28 at the foul line.
Collins led the team in assists with four. Wilmoth and Hanner had two blocks each.
13 13 12 13 = 51 W.C.
07 16 17 14 = 54 S.C.
Zach Wilmoth 31, Dante Hanner 12, Cole Stewart 4, Samuel Harris 3, Collins 2, Brett Mosley 2