Erlandsson, Ellis turn tables on North

Published 9:17 am Thursday, February 4, 2021

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The Ellis boys basketball team manhandled winless South Davie before ending a long losing streak to North Davie.

Hosting South on Jan. 26, the Jaguars did whatever they wanted in a 53-18 decision.

Elliott Erlandsson and Ethan Driver set the tone during a 15-6 first quarter. The Jaguars scored 23 of 25 points in the second, with Jackson Powers, Adam Brown, Driver and Thomas Essic all scoring between four and seven points.

Driver (13), Brown (11) and Powers (10) put up double figures as Ellis broke a two-game skid. Erlandsson (nine), Essic (six), Wade Bomar (two) and Braddock Coleman (two) rounded out the scoring.

South’s points came from Landon Waller (11), Josiah Spillman (six) and Silas Marion (one).

“We played well the whole game,” Ellis coach Ted Boger said. “We finally made our free throws (6 of 7). Now we just need to get over the hump and play well our next game. Leave nothing in the tank.”


North Davie was crushed 59-26 by Wesleyan Christian Academy in the first meeting. Fast forward to Jan. 26: They did not seriously threaten the Trojans, but the Wildcats did play much better in the road rematch, losing 52-38.

North’s halftime deficit was a manageable 29-19. Wesleyan, though, ran away in the third.

Landon King had a season-high 14, his third straight outing in double figures. Connor Hood and Brandy Marshall had eight each. Gavin Reese had five and David Patton three.

“We played a lot better from our first game with (WCA),” coach Trevor Gooch said. “The big difference was we improved on boxing out and rebounding. Landon did a better job of finishing around the basket. Connor shot 6 of 8 from the free-throw line. Brady has been a constant offensive presence in the paint (with at least eight points in each game).”


Erlandsson put on a shooting clinic, and Ellis ended a six-game losing streak to North by rolling 44-20 on Jan. 28.

The visiting Jaguars held firm control all game, leading 14-6, 21-9 and 36-18. Erlandsson went off for 15 points, all of them coming from the three-point line. Powers had 14, Coleman seven, Essic four and Brown four.

Ellis (3-2) got revenge for a 48-44 loss on Jan. 19, when it blew a 41-34 lead.

“We played extremely well,” Boger said. “Elliott (who was averaging 3.7 points) had the game of the year so far (with five 3-pointers). Jackson (who has been in double figures in every game) had his normal steady game. We didn’t turn the ball over (only seven turnovers) and handled the pressure much better. We slowed it down and tried not to force anything.”

It was a dud performance by the Wildcats (2-3). King (nine), Marshall (five), Patton (three) and Cameron Owens (three) did the scoring.

“We played hard defensively, but we could not throw the ball into the ocean,” Gooch said. “Hats off to coach Boger and Ellis players who came ready to play.”

South (0-5) lost at home to Wesleyan on Jan. 28.