RONDA — The East Wilkes Cardinals opened up their 2017-18 basketball season with a home game against East Surry last Thursday night. The Wilkes Cardinals still had a little resentment for the Surry Cardinals after the second-round playoff football game.
Both teams came out firing in the first quarter, but the second quarter saw East Surry take a substantial lead and put the game out of East Wilkes’ reach. When all was said and done, East Surry took a 67-31 win over East Wilkes.
The first quarter started off in the favor of East Wilkes as Zack Lovette was fouled while going up for a shot. Lovette made one free throw to give East Wilkes a 1-0 lead. East Surry answered back on its next drive down the court as Jefferson Boaz put in a three-point shot from behind the arch. From there, the first quarter was a back-and-forth battle for both teams.
East Wilkes would take the lead, then East Surry would take the lead. East Wilkes was able to take a 13-9 lead as Alex Chapman put in a three-point shot for the Cardinals. As time was running down, East Surry was able to put up two baskets to tie the game 13-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw East Surry put its foot on the gas and never look back. The Surry Cardinals held East Wilkes to zero baskets while they scored 20 points. At halftime, East Surry had taken a 33-13 lead over East Wilkes.
East Wilkes knew it had a big hill to climb coming out of halftime, but things were easier said than done. Once again East Surry held East Wilkes to zero points until the fifth minute of the third quarter. Bryce Vestal was fouled and went to the free throw line where he made one of his shots and broke the scoring drought for East Wilkes.
The Cardinals were able to put up 11 points in the third quarter, and East Surry put up 15 points. At the end of the quarter, East Surry held on to a 48-24 lead. In the final quarter, East Surry outscored the Wilkes Cardinals 19-7 to take a 67-31 win.
B.C. Speaks lead the Cardinals with nine points, Longtbottom had seven, Vestal had five, McKennon Boyd had three, Dobson had two, Salters had two, Chapman had two, and Lovette had one.
East Wilkes falls to 0-1 on the season, its next game will be Monday night at North Stokes.