Boys basketball: Salisbury romps past Dragons

Published 10:46 pm Friday, January 12, 2018

By Mike London

SALISBURY — How would Salisbury’s boys respond to their first Central Carolina Carolina loss?

With a vengeance.

The Hornets put the disappointment of Tuesday’s loss at Thomasville in the rearview mirror by overwhelming West Davidson, 80-39, on Friday.

“The thing is, West Davidson is not a bad team,” Salisbury coach Bryan Withers said. “They’ve been competitive with most of the teams in our league. But when we’re on our game, when our guys are playing for each other and playing together, we’re a hard team to beat.”

Fourteen Hornets scored in a rout that kept Salisbury (13-2, 10-1) one game ahead of Thomasville in the Central Carolina Conference race . Xavier Kesler scored 15 points, the first time he’s been the leading scorer this season.  Bill Fisher scored 11 points and Elijah Moss added 10.

West Davidson (5-11, 3-8) led 2-0, but then Fisher got loose in the paint for the Hornets for an and-one opportunity, and the Hornets didn’t trail again. It swelled to 13-2 in a hurry. It was 21-4 after a quarter. It snowballed to 32-7, and then it was 42-12 — and all over — by halftime.

“Everybody played and everybody contributed,” Withers said. “Everybody cheered for each other.”

A running clock was employed for during the final minutes after Salisbury’s lead reached 42 points.

West Davidson sharpshooter Drew Wright accounted for 20 points for the Green Dragons, who had lost, 66-55, to the Hornets early in the season in Tyro.

It was Salisbury’s most lopsided victory since a 71-28 pummeling of Oak Grove on Dec. 20. Salisbury hadn’t produced as many as 80 points since putting up 91 in a double-overtime win against Thomasville on opening night.

“Losing to Thomasville woke us up,” Withers said. “This was a good night.”

W. DAVIDSON (39) — Wright 20, Adams 7, Stoner 4, Crews 3, Charleston 1, Measmer, Stovall, Bennett, Tedder, Dalton,  Brown, Stamey, Reamy.

SALISBURY (80) — Kesler 15, Fisher 11, Moss 10, Baker 9, Ford 6, Bailey 5, Davis 4, Russell 4, Robinson 4, Carlton 3, Phillips 3, Sloan 2, Gill 2, Rogers 2.

W. Davidson  4     8   16    11  —39

Salisbury         21  21   17    21  —80