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Allison, Davie excite

SPENCER — Kannapolis’ Roy Allison won the unofficial dunk contest that erupted at the end of Saturday’s second semifinal in the Run It Down Alumni Basketball tournament.

But while Kannapolis produced the highest-quality dunk — a wild, double-pump, through-the-legs, can-you-top-this windmill effort by the 6-foot-7 Allison — Davie County dunked in much greater quantity and buried Kannapolis 71-55.

Davie’s last eight points came on dunks by Xavier Dulin and high-flying Shannon Dillard, who kept his ears and elbows in the rim most of the afternoon.

Dillard can play for a lot of people, although he’s apparently not playing for anyone right now. Dillard had eight points and eight rebounds when he suited up in the 2012 East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro and his outstanding, dunk-filled career at Davie County included 1,374 points.

Kannapolis led 20-17 midway through the first half, but the rest of the way it was all Davie.

Point guard Eric Lowery came off the bench, got Davie a good shot on virtually every possession after he entered and had five assists in the last 10 minutes of the half, as the War Eagles surged.

Lowery is the son of Buddy Lowery, a Rowan County Hall of Famer who graduated from North Rowan, and the younger brother of former N.C. State linebacker Patrick Lowery.

Dillard led the War Eagles with 16 points. Dulin and Michael Key contributed 10 each in the second half as Davie pulled away.

Allison converted two three-point plays, crushed two lob jams and scored 18 points to keep things respectable.

Avery Patterson made slick passes to Allison, knocked down three 3-pointers of his own and scored 14 points.

The game included a rare alumni-tournament technical foul call when Kannapolis’ Desmond Gray, a leaping linebacker, pleaded for justice late in the game after a call went against his team.

Gray was teed up by former South Rowan basketball coach John Davis, who worked every game of the tournament along with his tireless partner.

Davie was the only team in the eight-team tournament with corporate sponsorship. Hats off to HatzOff Barbershop in Mocksville for some colorful jerseys.

The win against Kannapolis put Davie in the championship game against South Rowan.


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