BOONVILLE — The Surry Central boys basketball team outscored Starmount for three quarters of Friday’s contest and defeated their non-conference foe by a score of 78-64.
Starmount struck within the first five seconds of the ball game and scored first, holding the lead for the first minute of the game. Surry Central’s Brandon Norman wanted in on the action and hit his team’s first basket, which happened to be a 3-pointer. Dreven Harrison scored right after to gain a one-point advantage. Midway through the first, Starmount responded with seven straight points and regained an 11-5 lead.
The Eagles answered right back with 11 straight points of their own.
Martin Palacios made his mark in the first with a basket. Danté Hanner was fouled under the rim and knocked down two free throws. Hanner then hit a reverse layup less than a minute later. Harrison was also fouled under the basket, his basket was good, but he did not collect one from the line.
With less than two minutes in the first, Norman hit his second three of the opening period, prompting Starmount’s coach to signal for a timeout with Central now leading 16-11. The quarter ended with the Eagles in front 18-14.
Hanner’s 14 points in the second quarter helped propel Surry Central past Starmount through the half. Norman added six points. Hanner and Norman were the only two Surry Central players to score in the second, but even with only two players scoring, Surry Central still outscored Starmount, and by halftime, the Eagles held a 40-29 lead.
The visitors dominated the third quarter to the tune of 24 points for Central and only 13 for the Rams.
Less than a minute into the third, Hanner was fouled while scoring, and came up with a good basket. He would also take one from the line. A minute later, Ethan Danley swished a three. Brandon Norman netted his third 3-pointer of the night and totaled five points in the third. Chandler Johnson went 100% from the line and accumulated four points. Harrison added four and the Golden Eagles played with a comfy and promising lead.
Surry Central coach Myles Wilmoth subbed liberally in the final eight minutes. The fourth quarter was the only quarter in which the Rams outscored Surry Central.
“I liked our toughness and how we played really hard. We ask our boys to play hard every night, and that is the ticket in the door. Our inside guys set the tone. Danté and Dreven played really well and handled themselves nice inside, and I thought that was the difference in tonight’s game,” said Wilmoth.
The Eagles (5-6) will host Carver tonight in their first game of the new year. This will also be Central’s first game in Western Piedmont Athletic Conference play.