Nance scores 30; boys teams stay unbeaten

Published 12:37 pm Tuesday, October 31, 2023

By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The first three opponents for South Davie’s boys basketball team haven’t even come up for air. The Tigers have trounced them by 40, 53 and 35 points, including a 63-28 decision at North Rowan on Oct. 23.

Draeton Nance poured in a career-high 30 points, four over his previous high. Noah Dulin had 12 points, and William Martin had 11 points and five blocked shots.

“Draeton is so aggressive, so he will find a lot of shots,” coach Germain Mayfield said. “His shot is a little more consistent (this year). Noah had about 12 assists. William played well again.”

But Mayfield was as excited about Aiden Houser’s seven-point performance as anything. Paxton Lewis had two and Malachi Miller one.

“Aiden had a coming-out party,” he said. “He played awesome. He was really good on offense and was able to finish around the basket.”

ND 60, Erwin 48

It was 29-29 at halftime, but visiting North Davie proved too good for Erwin on Oct. 23. A 17-9 run in the third quarter was the difference as the Wildcats improved to 2-0.

“We had a good third with some defensive pressure and easy baskets in transition,” coach Trevor Gooch said.

With Carter Cornett (16), Wyatt Harwood (15), Edarius Oliver (12) and Nolan Allen (12) sharing the offensive spotlight, the Wildcats produced four double-figure scorers in the same game for the first time in 154 games, or 11 years.

“Wyatt had a good game of finding players on backdoor cuts, especially Carter,” Gooch said. “Edarius had another good game of defensive pressure.”

North got three points from Glen Greene and two from Reynolds Tomlinson.

“Glen and Blaze Sanders came in and got some key rebounds,” he said. “Reynolds had a good game with some nice assists and he took some charges under the basket.”

The last time North had four players with 10-plus points was during a 53-51 win over South Davie in 2011-12. On that day, Ryan Harrell (18), Dylan Shoffner (12), Jordan McDaniel (11) and Nathan Harrell (10) led the way.

Ellis 44, C-L 34

Ellis rolled to 2-0 with a home win over Corriher-Lipe on Oct. 26.

The scorers were Brandon Forrest (15), Cannon Smith (12), Zaheim Reese (10), Graham Weaver (three), Mason Driver (two), Brady Hall (one) and Bowman Blakley (one). Westen Barefoot contributed a team-high nine rebounds.