Buckin’ Elks place fourth in Holiday Tournament

By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com
Austin Longworth had 14 points for the Buckin’ Elks on Friday night. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune

BOONVILLE — On the final day of the 2017 Cook’s Holiday Classic Tournament, Elkin took on Surry Central in a nail-biting game. It took two overtimes for a winner to be decided, and both teams put their all into the game.

Surry Central was able to overcome a hard-fighting Buckin’ Elks team to take a 79-71 win. With the loss, the Buckin’ Elks placed fourth in the tournament.

Surry Central started things off in the first quarter, but it was the Buckin’ Elks who finished things off. Tevin Harris was able to put the Elks on the board with a two-point shot, which made the game 3-2. Surry Central then went on a scoring run to make the score 8-2, and never looked back. At the end of the first, Surry Central had a 22-5 lead over Elkin.

In the second quarter, Elkin made a comeback with four minutes left on the board. Elkin was able to put up points by Austin Longworth, Jaylen Mayes and Shane Price. At the end of the quarter, Surry Central still had the lead, 34-20, but Elkin had the momentum.

The final two quarters saw the game come alive for both teams. The third period saw Elkin come within one point of the Golden Eagles as Harris made a free throw for a 36-35 game. The pressure started picking up, and both teams started fighting for every ball. Surry Central was able to hang on to a 42-35 lead heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Elkin made a spectacular comeback to outscore Surry Central 16-9. Price put up several key shots, while Beua Burgess and Longworth drove to the basket to put in baskets that mattered. It was a comeback for the books and Elkin had tied the game 51-51.

As the game headed to overtime, the atmosphere was electric. Elkin put in the first baskets of overtime as Price was fouled and made both of his free throws. Elkin put up three more points and Burgess made a shot from the outside and gave Elkin a 56-51 lead. The Buckin’ Elks kept up their momentum as Harris and Burgess put up additional points. Surry Central was able to tie the game with less than two minutes left. A back-and-forth momentum started as both teams would score continuous shots. The end of the first overtime put the Eagles and the Buckin’ Elks neck and neck, 64-64.

Surry Central was able to make the most of the second overtime as it took the lead and never looked back. The Eagles put up 15 points and held Elkin to just seven. Surry Central was able to hold off Elkin to take a 79-71 win. Elkin put up a tough fight as it came into the tournament having won zero games, and left having won one game and going into double overtime in the other. It could be the season turn around the Buckin’ Elks need for the rest of 2018.

Elkin stats:

Price – 18 points and 7 rebounds

Burgess – 18 points and 5 rebounds

Longworth – 13 points and 12 rebounds

Harris – 10 points and 4 rebounds

Loredo – 6 points and 4 rebounds

Mayes – 4 points and 3 rebounds

Renegar – 2 points and 1 rebound

Austin Longworth had 14 points for the Buckin’ Elks on Friday night.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_DSC_1317-copy201812121857370.jpgAustin Longworth had 14 points for the Buckin’ Elks on Friday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

krussell@elkintribune.com