Erlandsson on fire for JV boys

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, January 19, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

One of the top players for Davie’s JV basketball team, Ethan Driver, barely saw the floor at Parkland on Jan. 10, but the War Eagles still had more than enough firepower to get after it – and win 74-58.

Cameron Owens (22 points, six steals, three assists), Elliott Erlandsson (21 points, seven rebounds) and Adam Brown (13 points, eight rebounds, six assists) were the main reasons Davie won easily despite playing without a guy who was averaging 11.7 points.

Owens’ offensive outburst was a season high. Erlandsson went 3 for 3 from 3-point range.

“Ethan played but he twisted his ankle last game, so he didn’t start and I didn’t play him a lot,” coach Tracey Arnold said. “I didn’t really need Ethan (this game).”

Davie, which led 44-27 at halftime, also got scoring from Isaac Swisher (six), Brady Vallance (five), Thomas Essic (four points, five assists) and David Patton (three).

Davie 59, Glenn 46

Erlandsson continued to be nails as Davie brushed aside visiting Glenn on Jan. 13.

Twenty-point games have become routine for Davie’s big man, who hit the mark for the fourth time in five games. Erlandsson, who had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks, is averaging 21 points during that five-game stretch.

“Elliott had a monster game,” Arnold said.

The War Eagles, who led 25-20 at halftime, pushed the margin to eight in the third and were not threatened in the fourth. Driver was second with 14 points as Davie (10-4 overall, 4-3 Central Piedmont Conference) extended its winning streak to three.

“Having Ethan back was good,” Arnold said. “He was on the boards and he had some steals.”

Davie got nine points from Brown, five from Essic and four from Swisher. Connor Hood, Owens and Patton had two each.

“Adam played well,” he said. “He played good on the defensive end. Thomas had a pretty good game. He did a lot of the little things – steals, defense, he made free throws down the stretch. Cam didn’t score a lot, but he did a good job playing on the defensive end and handling the ball.”