With a new coach on the sidelines and new players on the court, the Buckin’ Elks basketball team is looking for its first win in over a year. The last win for Elkin came on Feb. 9, 2016, against East Wilkes.
On Wednesday night, it looked like the Buckin’ Elks could take a win over East Surry, but things took a turn in the third quarter and the Cardinals were able to come away with a 50-35 win over Elkin.
In the first quarter, both teams were shaking off the residual football mentality and getting into the basketball mindset. For three minutes, both teams saw shots fall to the side, and the score deadlocked at 0-0. Elkin was able to come up with the first basket of the game as Tevin Harris stole the ball and found Tanner Sturdivant, who went up for the two-point shot.
The basket by Sturdivant turned on the scoring for both teams as a fire had been lit. On Elkin’s next play, Harris put up a shot of his own to give the Buckin’ Elks a 4-0 lead before East Surry was able to score its first basket of the night.
The game became a battle of offensive pressure as East Surry tied the game 4-4. The rest of the first quarter was back and forth as the Cardinals would score, then Elkin would answer back. Beau Burgess gave Elkin an 8-6 lead before East Surry was able to tie it again. At the end of the first quarter, East Surry came away with a one-point lead over Elkin as the score sat at 11-10.
In the second quarter, East Surry outscored Elkin 15-12, but Elkin didn’t give up as the young bucks went blow for blow with the Cardinals. Coming out of the gate, Austin Longworth put up a two-point shot to make the score 12-11 in Elkin’s favor.
Although Elkin made the first basket of the second quarter, East Surry was able to go on a scoring run to take an 18-12 lead. Elkin stopped the Cardinals’ scoring run as Sturdivant was fouled and went to the free throw line where he made both of his shots. Elkin was able to pull within a basket as Longworth put up another shot to make the score 18-16.
Elkin kept trying to put up the tying basket, as Jaylen Mayes, Burgess and Christian Parral each put up a basket. East Surry was able to answer back each time and took a 25-20 lead going into halftime.
In the final two quarters, East Surry had shaken off its nerves and outscored the Buckin’ Elks 11-9 and 13-4. It was too big of a mountain for Elkin to climb, though they tried, and the Cardinals pulled away to earn a 50-35 win.
Six players put points on the board for the Buckin’ Elks. Harris came away with 11 points, Sturdivant and Burgess each had eight, Longworth had four, while Mayes and Parral each had two points.
Elkin moves to 0-2 on the season, its next game is Dec. 5 against West Wilkes at home. Tip off is set for 8 p.m.