King scores 29 for North boys

Published 11:15 am Friday, February 19, 2021

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Landon King of the North Davie boys basketball team poured in the most points by a Wildcat in 34 games, and North used 11 different scorers to stomp visiting South Davie 71-40 on Feb. 2.

While the Tigers (0-6) remained winless, North (3-3) halted a two-game slide.

It was over in the first quarter, when North bolted to a 24-6 lead. King posted five 20-point games as a seventh grader, but he soared past that plateau for the first time this season while scoring 29, four above his previous career high. While raising his team-best average to 13, he put up the most points since his brother Iverson King had 29 in a 49-35 win over Forbush on Jan. 29, 2018.

“We tweaked our lineup and moved Landon to the post and made Gavin Reese our point guard,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “It really paid off for Lando, who had a monster game in the paint. Gavin was a great floor leader with five assists.”

North also got points from Connor Hood (12), Brady Marshall (six), David Patton (five), Isaac Swisher (four), Jackson Sulecki (three), Chad Hardin (three), Logan Vandeweerd (three), Ty Greene (three), William Carter (two) and Ethan Lakey (one).

“We got 24 points from our bench,” Gooch said. “We knocked down nine 3-point shots.”

Wesleyan 53, Ellis 50

After losing the first meeting by 21, Ellis hung with Wesleyan Christian Academy on the road on Feb. 2.

By flourishing behind the 3-point line, the Jaguars took a 23-17 lead to intermission. However, the game turned in the third, when the Trojans scored 21 and took a 38-35 lead.

The Jaguars trailed by three with 30 seconds left. A 3-ball rattled out. They got a steal and had one last chance, but “Braddock (Coleman) couldn’t get a clear look,” coach Ted Boger said. “We played hard again. We had a lot of opportunities.”

Elliott Erlandsson (14 points), Jackson Powers (13 points, nine rebounds, three blocks) and Coleman (season-high 12 points) kept Ellis in contention. After totalling 15 points in the first four games, Erlandsson has taken his game to another level, scoring 29 in the final two. Powers scored in double figures in every game.

Ellis popped 12 triples, while Wesleyan only hit two from deep. (Erlandsson and Coleman drained four each.) But it wasn’t enough for the Jaguars, who finished 3-3 after winning the previous two games.

Ethan Driver contributed four points, four assists and two steals. Adam Brown and Noah Shore had three points each. Wade Bomar had one point. Thomas Essic had three assists and three steals.

“Wesleyan has two players that can do most anything,” Boger said after the duo had 40 of the team’s 53. “It was my 5-foot guards against their 6-footers – not a good matchup.”