Ellis boys make opponents look feeble

Published 9:13 am Thursday, December 8, 2022

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The Ellis boys basketball team made two opponents look feeble last week, winning by 49 and 33 points to lift its record to 4-0.

In a 64-15 home win over Millennium Charter on Nov. 29, Ben Reid and Braxton Bowling scored more in the first quarter (21) than Millennium did in the game.

Reid and Bowling finished with 13 and 10, respectively. Ten Jaguars put in points, including Weston Barefoot (eight), Brandon Forrest (seven), Aidan Horton (six), Cannon Smith (six), Zaheim Reese (six), Brady Hall (three), Max Cornatzer (three) and J’sierre Arnold (two).

Two days later, the Jaguars punished visiting Canterbury 52-19 behind Bowling’s 21 points. The other points came from Horton (seven), Barefoot (seven), Forrest (seven), Reid (five), Reese (three), Smith (three), Mason Driver (two) and Cornatzer (two).


South Davie was unlucky in the early going. It lost 68-65 at home to High Point Christian Academy on Nov. 21, meaning the Tigers dropped the first two games by a combined nine points.

HPC hit the game-winning bucket with 10 seconds left to spoil big games by Draeton Nance (21 points) and Noah Dulin (20). Jayden Warren had 14, Cameron Knox seven, Luke Foster two and Ean Click one.

The Tigers, who had seven days to stew on the loss, vented at Wesleyan Christian Academy on Nov. 29. They sprinted to a 51-13 halftime lead and coasted home, 66-23.

Four players did all the South scoring: Dulin 22, Nance 21, Warren 14 and Foster nine.

Two days later in Farmington, the Tigers clobbered North Davie 56-25 to square their record at 2-2. With the second lopsided loss in a row, the Wildcats fell to 1-2.

“I thought our kids played hard defensively, but we are having a hard time putting the ball in the basket,” North coach Trevor Gooch said. “We must keep working hard in practice and hopefully get better.”

North’s scorers were Blake French (seven), Edarius Oliver (six), Wyatt Harwood (four), Ty Greene (two), Carter Cornett (two), Landon Hayes (two) and Reynolds Tomlinson (two).