The Golden Eagles finished off 2010 with a four-game winning streak before falling to South Stokes, Winston-Salem Prep and East Surry in the past two weeks.
Despite that, the Eagles saw a lot of friendly faces in the stands as they jumped out to an early eight-point lead and rebounded from a deficit in the fourth quarter for a 51-48 conference win.
Coach Ken Eiswald said he was very proud of all the fans who made the long trek here for the game and cheered loudly all night.
The Eagles went up 18-10 in the first quarter and played evenly through the second for a 33-25 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Villains drove the lane repeatedly and either took the shot or kicked out for an open three-pointer. Shots that weren’t falling for them in the first half started going in the third, said Central assistant coach Jeff Edmonds.
The big period carried the Villains to a 46-42 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles were playing hard on defense, and all that expended energy meant some tired legs in the fourth quarter, said Edmonds. The players missed 5-of-10 free throws (10-23 in the game), but made up for it by never quitting on defense.
The team was so tired that Coach Ken Eiswald called a zone defense for four straight possessions. At one point, the Villains just kept passing the ball around the perimeter looking for a shot for almost a minute, Eiswald said. That gave his team a chance to rest.
When they got the ball back, the Eagles held it out on the perimeter themselves for about two more minutes until they were good to go, said Edmonds. The Eagles buckled down on defense and allowed only two free throws the whole quarter. Bradley Lewis made 2-of-3 free throws at the end, and Ethan Wilmoth made his last two free throws for the 3-point margin.
Bishop missed two three-pointers in the closing seconds that could have tied the game.
“Bradley Lewis played really well,” said Eiswald. While the senior only scored six points, the coach said he did all the little things a team needs to win. He grabbed five or six offensive boards in the second half and was hustling on both ends, the coach said.
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Surry Central: Ethan Wilmoth 20, Gabe Leftwich 11, Colby Chilton 7, Bradley Lewis 6, Zach Wilmoth 3, Hunter Smith 2, Simeon Bracken 2.
Bishop McGuinness: Kevin Weckworth 13, Trey Tatum 12, Fields 9, Callaghan 5, Groat 4, Banks 2, Marrujo 2.