South boys scorching the nets

Published 12:59 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Draeton Nance and Noah Dulin are the blue-chippers for the South Davie boys basketball team, but South’s 87-40 rout over North Davie was sort of a perfect win for the Tigers because the supporting cast delivered their share of haymakers.

A week before the North-South game, the Tigers crushed visiting Southeast 60-12. Nance, who was coming off a 30-point effort, was the star again with 29 points and six 3-pointers.

“He can shoot it,” coach Germain Mayfield said. “Once he got it going, the kids started passing up shots to get it to him. And that was in two and a half quarters because I didn’t start him because he had been sick. Yeah, he had a day for sure.”

The rest of South’s scoring: Dulin 13, Anderson Branham 6, Paxton Lewis 4, Talon Andrade 3, William Martin 2, Owen Parker 2, Tate Sechrest 1.

C-L 53, ND 51

Two starters fouled out and North Davie dug a 10-point hole in the fourth quarter. Then a furious comeback fell short at Corriher-Lipe on Oct. 30.

“We got into foul trouble,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “I’m proud of the kids for battling hard and not giving up. But we could not get over the hump and played from behind for most of the game.”

Wyatt Harwood (15 points) and Edarius Oliver (10) paced the offense. North’s fourth-quarter rally was fueled by Isaiah Hernandez (seven).

“Both Wyatt and Edarius had solid games,” Gooch said. “Isaiah was a spark off the bench and knocked in two 3s in the fourth.”

Reynolds Tomlinson had eight points, Nolan Allen seven and Blaze Sanders four. “Blaze came in off the bench and played well in the post,” he said.

SD 87, ND 40

The Tigers played an all-time amazing game against visiting North on Nov. 2. The 87-point performance is the most they’ve scored in a game this century, which spans 423 games.

Their lights-out shooting included 15 makes from 3-point land.

“Offensively, we were close (to perfect),” Mayfield said. “We just lose focus on the defensive end once we get up, so we go for several minutes with low energy. But on the other end, we’re gonna be able to score with most if we make shots like that.”

When the first quarter ended, South was ahead 33-17 and it was basically over. But the first quarter was only a prelude for South, which put up 30 more in the second to roll into halftime with a 63-20 lead.

Nance, who came in averaging 23.2 points, had a season-low 14, but it didn’t matter because of this was a scorching team effort.

Dulin poured in a season-high 23. Martin pounded away for 15. Parker opened eyes with a season-high 12, doing all his damage with 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Branham (nine) and Sechrest (seven) also enjoyed season highs.

Besides Parker’s four triples, Branham banged three from downtown. Nance, Dulin and Sechrest hit two each. Martin and Camden Holland (three points) hit one apiece.

Ty Cozart and Lewis chipped in two points each as South raced to 5-0.

“Both Owen and Anderson showed up and shot the ball well,” Mayfield said. “We shot a very high percentage. Guys did a great job making the extra pass to wide-open guys who took advantage and knocked them down.”

North’s scoring: Allen 13, Oliver 10, Harwood 9, Carter Cornett 4, Tomlinson 3, Hernandez 1.

Notes: South is outscoring opponents 66-22 on average. … South has a three-game winning streak against North, which fell to 2-2. … Ellis blasted Southeast 62-28 on the road. Ten guys shared the scoring: Cannon Smith 14, Zaheim Reese 13, Brandon Forrest 8, Bowman Blakley 7, Graham Weaver 6, Tay Settecasi 4, Mason Driver 3, Seager Brooks 3, Westen Barefoot 2, Ayden Chilton 2. … Ellis (3-1) suffered its first loss at Selma Burke on Nov. 2.