Shorthanded South boys lose to NCLA

Published 9:05 am Thursday, January 20, 2022

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The South Davie boys basketball team’s game at North Carolina Leadership Academy on Jan. 13 was like a flashback to the first meeting.
On Dec. 8, the Tigers were missing two starters (AJ Imes and Noah Dulin) and lost 55-41.
Last week they were missing two starters (Dulin and Brayden Kistner) and lost 52-41. Dulin and Kistner are both point guards. Kistner had 12 points in South’s previous game, and Dulin had 19 in one game this season.
The Falcons dominated the second quarter to build a 28-17 halftime advantage. The Tigers fell further behind in the third.
On multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, they pulled within 11 after trailing by as many as 20.
“We had four opportunities to get it to single digits and we threw it away each time,” coach Germain Mayfield said.
Turnovers were a major problem all game as the Falcons halted South’s three-game winning streak. “We turned it over every second or third possession and we were still in the game,” he said.
Josiah Spillman (15 points) and Jayce Bentley (12 points, three 3-pointers) paced South (5-4). Imes had nine, Jayden Warren four and Dallas Simms one.
The Falcons are 3-0 against Davie County. They beat Ellis by eight and North Davie by 26.