Boys basketball: Falcons bounce back with big win
MOUNT ULLA — The West Rowan boys have notched a couple of key conference wins already this season but it will be hard to top their performance Friday night at home over South Iredell. The Falcons (3-4) bounced back from a tough loss the previous night to Carson by overwhelming the Vikings 74-49.
Caleb Mauldin, a 6-5 freshman, led the balanced West attack with 17 points while Greg Joseph added 14 and Celexus Long scored 12, mostly from long range. It was Long who drained a pair of three pointers in the opening period to push West out to a 21-13 lead. They then went on a 10-2 run to build a 43-31 margin. Swarming defense and strong rebounding by Mauldin and KJ Wilson aided the balanced effort.
West got their transition game going in the third period behind Long and Kortez Weeks to outscore the Vikings 22-7. South Iredell (1-4) made a brief run to open the final period but West stretched it back to 20 and stayed in control the rest of the way. They also hit 14 of 22 free throws, a big improvement over the 17 missed freebies the night before.
For West all 13 players got in the game and 11 of them scored. The Vikings had three players score nine points each, Quaylin Houston, Tyzden Graham and Alex Angle.
South Iredell (49): Graham 9, Houston 9, Angle 9, Bell 6, Phillips 5, Holmes 4, Sadler 4, Winford 3, Settle, Pellegrino. Whitener, Vinson.
West Rowan (74): Mauldin 17, Joseph 14, Long 12, Wilson 8, Morris 5, Rankin 5, Weeks 4, Wood 3, Basenback 2, Moreland 2, Delgado 2, Warren, Valle.
South Iredell 13 18 7 11 — 49
West Rowan 21 22 22 9 — 74