South boys crush visiting Ellis

Published 1:23 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

When the unbeaten South Davie boys basketball team crushed visiting Ellis 54-26 on Nov. 27, it marked the Tigers’ eighth win by 28-plus points. It’s hard to be more dominant than that.

Draeton Nance (18 points) and Noah Dulin (15) had typical outings for the 11-0 Tigers, who also got scoring from William Martin (eight), Owen Parker (six), Anderson Branham (three), Ty Cozart (two) and Paxton Lewis (two).

It was the third straight loss for the Jaguars (6-5). Their points: Tay Settecasi 9, Brandon Forrest 3, Cannon Smith 3, Jackson Nance 2, Mason Driver 2, Bowman Blakley 2, Brady Hall 2, Zaheim Reese 2, Graham Weaver 1.

Moor 61, ND 44

North Davie was within striking distance at the end of the third quarter, trailing 47-38, but the Wildcats faded in the fourth and lost at Mooresville on Nov. 27.

Wyatt Harwood (18 points) recorded his seventh double-figure effort. The other points came from Edarius Oliver (nine), Isaiah Hernandez (six), Nolan Allen (six), Glen Greene (three) and Adren Davis (two).

“Wyatt had a good game driving to the basket and he knocked down two 3-point shots,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “We played decently for three quarters, but we must play four quarters and learn how to finish.”

Burke 69, ND 61

In the first meeting on Nov. 8, Selma Burke drilled North 67-44. But the Wildcats showed guts and verve against the visiting Bears on Nov. 30.

They led by five after the first and by six at halftime. Selma Burke dominated the third and stormed to a 46-41 lead. North (3-8) fought back in the fourth and got within three, only to run out of steam in its third loss in a row.

“We played great defensively in the first half,” Gooch said. “In the fourth quarter, we battled hard and got back into the game. With less than two minutes left, we cut their lead to 61-58. I’m proud of our guys for playing hard for four quarters. Hopefully, we can keep playing better at the end of our season.”

Harwood (19) bumped his average to 14.3. Allen turned in a season-high 18 while reaching double figures for the fourth time. Oliver (15) cracked double figures for the eighth time and raised his average to 11.5. Hernandez (five), Greene (three) and Reynolds Tomlinson (one) chipped in as North scored the most points since a 62-50 win over North Rowan in the season opener.

“Wyatt had a good game driving to the basket,” Gooch said. “Nolan knocked down some big jump shots, including four 3-point shots. Edarius had a good game in the post. Isaiah was a defensive standout with hustle and diving for loose balls.”

Notes: West Rowan scheduled too many games. As a result, it had to forfeit the game against Ellis on Nov. 30. The forfeit lifted Ellis’ record to 7-5.