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Lawhon has 26; SD boys tie for first

South Davie’s boys basketball team opened a home game against North Davie with electricity and then coasted to a 59-48 win in the regular-season finale on Jan. 21.

The win gave South (12-2 overall) a share of the Central Carolina Conference title. South and Wesleyan Christian Academy both went 9-1 in the league. They were followed by Canterbury (5-5), North Davie (4-6), Ellis (3-7) and Summit (0-10).

In the first North-South meeting, South led by three at halftime before pulling away to a 12-point win. The Tigers gave North no hope in the rematch. It was 15-8 after the first quarter and 36-16 at halftime.

“Our defense was probably the best it’s been all year,” South coach Germain Mayfield said. “We created easy shots.”

Coleman Lawhon blistered the nets to the tune of 26 points and six 3-pointers. He matched his three-year career high in points, he set a new personal high for 3s and reached 20 for the fourth time. Robert Jordan added 20, the seventh time he’s reached that number. Cathell Hawks had nine, while Eli Branham and Landon Waller chipped in two each as South bounced back from its first loss in 12 games.

“You knew before the game started that Coleman was going to have a good one,” Mayfield said. “Coleman and RJ (Jordan) both got dressed and you didn’t hear anything. Usually they joke around and play a little bit. They were locked in and ready to go.”

How about this: Lawhon and Jordan – both eighth graders – became the first Tiger duo to eclipse 20 in the same game in 13 years. In a 54-36 win at Yadkinville in 2006-07, Denzel Redmon had 22 and Kenyatta Brand 21. For the season, Jordan and Lawhon are averaging 19.5 and 15.9, respectively. Last year Jordan averaged a team-high 11.3, but he missed the last four games. Lawhon has made an outrageous jump since averaging 4.6 as a seventh grader.

“We play RJ from the one to the five,” Mayfield said. “Coleman is starting to play with a lot of confidence. He’s always had a high skill level. When you can come down on the break and pull up for 3 like you’re Nate Jones, coach knows you’ve got it going.”

Give the Wildcats (6-8 overall) credit for continuing to play hard in the second half. Ty Miller did tremendous work on the way to 20 points. Ian Koontz had 10, Landon King nine, Connor Hood seven and Evan York two.

“I’m proud of our kids for battling hard and not quitting after being down by 20 at the half,” North coach Trevor Gooch said. “In the second half, we stepped up our defensive pressure and finally knocked down some shots. Both Ty and Ian battled hard in the paint and produced points off offensive rebounds.”

Notes: For the season, North’s top scorers are seventh grader King (13.8), eighth grader Miller (13), eighth grader Koontz (11.5) and seventh grader Hood (7). … A coin flip between South and Wesleyan settled the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. South won the toss, so it will host two games as long as it advances in the semifinals.

Canterbury 63, Ellis 51

There was a silver lining in the Jaguars’ road loss on Jan. 21. A team that was averaging 37 points had that by the end of the third, and Ellis scored the most points in defeat in seven years. (It lost 66-59 to North Davie in 2012-13.)

“It was a good game,” coach Ted Boger said after Ellis slipped to 4-7 overall. “Camden Ball had a good game working in the paint.”

Ellis led after the first quarter and the teams were tied at halftime. Canterbury pulled out to a 42-37 lead in the third. Ellis had to foul down the stretch and Canterbury hit 6 of 10 free throws. It nailed three 3-pointers before that to keep Ellis at bay.

Ball (14 points) posted a season high for the second straight game; he had 13 in a win over Summit. Cooper Bliss had 12, Ty Matthews seven, Braddock Coleman six, Will Allard five, Bryce Harnsberger two, Ethan Ratledge two, Bryden Rodgers two and Ethan Driver one.

Ellis’ top scorers for the season are three eighth graders: Ball (8.6), Bliss (8.2) and Ratledge (4.9).