North Surry’s boys’ basketball team used a 22-0 fourth-quarter run to put an emphatic ending on a game that they had trailed by three points at halftime, and advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs with a 95-69 victory over visiting Draughn High School on Tuesday night.
The Greyhounds led by seven at the end of the first quarter. North Surry’s Casey Hull drew first blood on his team’s third possession, but Draughn responded. A minute and a half later, Carter Phillips made a 3-point basket to give his team some breathing room. Casey Hull then proceeded to post the next four Greyhound points, with Phillips and Mason Hawks assisting with each. Hawks stole the ball in Wildcat paint and translated the ball to Kendal Tucker for his first score. After the first three minutes, North led 11-2. But Draughn went on to rally a 9-0 run all within the next two and a half minutes before Tucker, Hawks and Phillips all scored to restore a seven-point edge.
The visitors rolled to 27 points in the second quarter, compared to just 17 for North Surry. By the midpoint of the second quarter, Draughn had pulled the game into a 26-all tie, and continued to fill up the basket. Hawks and Tucker helped bring back a four-point lead going into the final minute before the break. However, a 7-0 Wildcat run followed during the final 20 seconds. A three-point Draughn lead came in courtesy of Wildcat Jeremiah Daye’s three-pointer buzzer-beater. At the half, Draughn led 40-37.
After the completion of the first three minutes of the third quarter, each squad had just one player who posted any score and for North Surry, that person was Kendal Tucker, and for Draughn, Daye. Daye opened up with a basket 25 seconds in, but this was followed by a Tucker swish from 30 feet. Tucker followed with another score and tied the game at 42. Daye posted another two scored to Tucker’s one, and accounted for all the first six Wildcats points. Meanwhile, Tucker netted another 3-pointer and claimed all 10 of North Surry’s first 10 points during the first three minutes. Tucker later scored with 1:47 left on the clock and completed the third quarter having totaled 12 of North Surry’s 24 in the third. Chase Chandler made his second net of the net from a no-look pass from Hawks. The Greyhounds were up 49-46 midway through the third. Hawks held the next four points for North Surry followed by another four points from Hull, but the lead was just three before Tucker and Hawks each closed out the third with another basket each to make the lead 61-56 after three.
The Hounds regrouped at the end of the third quarter and came out and rolled to a 22-0 run as they opened the final period. Draughn’s Bryson Price broke the double-digit Greyhound rally as he made two from the free throw line and became the first Wildcat to score in the fourth and at the 3:30 mark. By that time, the game was all but done.
Hull grabbed two from the line and Chandler held a three-point make to spark the rally. Tucker, Hawks and Simmons each held a layup to produce a 16-point lead. Phillips made a 3-pointer, his second on the night. To close out the run, Hull posted three, while Tucker and Phillips tagged another two each and Hawks one to help stamp the 22-0 run that consumed most of the fourth quarter. Draughn’s Bridges took one from the line right after Price, but the Greyhounds led 83-59 at that point.
In the win, North Surry posted a free throw percentage of 86 percent and logged 29 total rebounds.
Tucker led the Hounds with 24 points. Hull registered 21, Hawks posted 19 and Phillips tallied 16.
The Hounds will host again on Thursday for the second round of the NCHSAA Basketball State Tournament with the opponent still to be determined at press time.