• 43°

Salisbury boys hold serve against Ledford, 60-51

Salisbury boys top Ledford for 6th straight win

Wayne Hinshaw/for the Salisbury Post …
Salisbury’s Oshaun Robinson (20) shoots over three defenders during last night’s game against Ledford. Robinson scored 14 points to lead the Hornets to a 60-51 win.

By David Shaw
sports@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Hold those calls regarding the CCC boys basketball regular-season championship. We have a winner.

Salisbury used Tuesday night’s 60-51 victory against visiting Ledford to secure the title and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

“We’re getting better, man,” coach Bryan Withers said after the Hornets (18-2, 14-1) collected their sixth straight win, improved to 8-0 at home and claimed their first conference crown since 2011. “We’re not playing like we’re capable of playing, but at the same time we’re learning to grind.”

SHS received seven first-quarter points from senior Elijah Moss and raced to a 22-9 lead. Its widest margin was 34-16 following Cameron Gill’s layup with 3:10 remaining in the first half.

“We got down in the beginning because we weren’t executing on defense,” Ledford coach Jonathan Leonard said after the Panthers (12-8 overall) fell to 9-6 in league play. “And on offense we would turn the ball over and take the quick shot. Salisbury was getting like two or three possessions for every one we got.”

That changed late in the third quarter, when Ledford closed within 40-34 on Chad Dorrill’s leaner-plus-one. Salisbury responded with an 8-2 fourth-quarter run and took a 10-point lead when Jaquan Davis hit a free throw with 2:49 remaining.

“(Ledford) is pretty good,” Withers said. “They beat Thomasville twice — and that’s the team that beat us. So you know they can play. The biggest thing for us is staying focused. You play who’s here. Some are going to be out, some are gonna be sick. The next man up always has to be ready.”

Senior Oshaun Robinson paced Salisbury with 14 points. Sophomore Walter Lackey (19) and Dorrill (13) led the Panthers.

LEDFORD (51) — Lackey 19, Dorrill 13, Reece 9, Little 4, Lester 4, White 2, Reed, Wetherington.

SALISBURY (60) —Robinson 14, Davis 9, Baker 7, Moss 7, Kesler 6, Rogers 6, Fisher 6, Gill 5.

Ledford           9   12   13   17 — 51

Salisbury       22   12   9   17 — 60

Comments

Local

Catawba holds baccalaureate services for Class of 2021

News

$9M settlement for two men wrongfully sent to death row

Nation/World

China lands spacecraft on Mars in latest advance for its space program

Business

Gas crunch hits Washington; Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million in Bitcoin ransome

Coronavirus

State mostly returns to normal operations after 15 months of lockdowns, restrictions

Crime

Blotter: Man accused of stealing car, crashing it

Crime

Man faces new charge of attempted murder for father’s shooting

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper lifts indoor mask mandate for most situations, gathering limits

Crime

Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in Tutterow couple’s 1992 murder

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker

Local

Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank

College

North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys

Education

Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools

Local

Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid

Nation/World

When will gas situation return to normal?

Local

Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart

News

GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire

News

Black high school softball player told to cut hair

Coronavirus

State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan

Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday