DOBSON — The Golden Eagles overcame a terrific performance from a Forbush player to win 65-55 Monday night.
Surry Central (13-9, 6-3) picked up its third-straight win to move within a half-game of the lead in the Western Piedmont Conference.
All three of the Eagles’ losses were close games. They trailed by an average of 2.3 points at the buzzer.
Still, West Stokes and Carver are tied for first at 6-2.
Forbush falls to 3-19 and 0-9 in league play, but the Falcons have had some close ones, too.
“Who would want to face Forbush in the first round of the conference tournament?” asked Central assistant coach Jeff Edmonds.
The score was 49-47 to start the fourth quarter, noted Edmonds.
In a classy move by the Central coaching staff, the Eagles trailed 2-0 before the opening jump ball.
The Eagles have six seniors on the team, so the coaches decided to introduce all six as their opening lineup: Rocky Collins, Samuel Harris, Brett Mosley, Cole Stewart, Jake Wilmoth and Zach Wilmoth.
A team can’t have but five players in the starting lineup on the scorebook, so Central was charged a technical foul.
Barrett Hennings made both foul shots for Forbush, then went on to score all 17 points in the first quarter.
The game was tied 10-all when Hennings went to the bench for a one-minute breather. Central jumped out to a 15-10 lead before Hennings came back and scored seven unanswered points.
Hennings was doing a great job of keeping the Falcons in the game until he went to the bench early in the second quarter with his third foul, noted Edmonds.
Forbush had taken the lead at 23-20, but then Central went on a 16-2 run to close the first half for a 36-25 lead.
Zach Wilmoth had 10 points in the second quarter to lead the way.
The Falcons outscored Central 22-13 in the third quarter with Hennings putting up 14 of that. However, he also got his fourth foul in the period.
Jake Wilmoth did a good job of slowing Hennings down in the fourth quarter and only allowed the scorer two points, said Edmonds. Then with three or four minutes left, Jake got in front of Hennings to take a charge that fouled the Falcon out of the game.
Hennings finished with 35 points in about three quarters’ worth of play, Edmonds said. If the Eagles hadn’t gotten him in foul trouble, then maybe the young man scores more and helps his team win.
Central went through a stretch where it was shooting well overall, but a lack of practice time seems to have affected execution the past couple of nights, said the assistant.
The Eagles shot just 7-24 on three-pointers, which is way too many attempts in the coaches’ opinion.
Collins hit 3-6 from long range, but the rest of the team was 4-18.
Zach Wilmoth led Central with 24 points, going 7-13 inside the arc, but just 2-7 outside and 4-9 at the charity stripe.
He added nine rebounds, three steals and a block.
Collins was second with 12 points to go with four steals.
Freshman Dante Hanner didn’t play much in the first quarter, but played heavy minutes after that. While his numbers were modest (6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks), the team greatly outscored Forbush when he was on the court.
Jake Wilmoth had seven points, six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Kirk Needham had seven points, two assists and a steal.
Surry Central is scheduled to play Mount Airy on Wednesday if the weather permits.