High school basketball: West boys can’t keep pace with Vikings

Published 12:27 am Saturday, January 8, 2022

West Rowan’s Levon Jacobs battles East Rowan in the Christmas tournament . JON C LAKEY/ FOR THE SALISBURY POST.


Staff report

CONCORD — Central Cabarrus’ boys basketball stayed unbeaten on Friday.

West Rowan challenged the Vikings during a competitive first quarter, but the Vikings’ constant pressure on defense and persistent, high-percentage attack on offense tend to wear teams out.

Ranked No. 1 in 3A, Central (15-0, 5-0) pushed to a 41-26 halftime lead and pulled away for an emphatic 95-58 South Piedmont Conference victory.

West was outscored 54-32 in the second half.

William Givens was the bright spot for West. He made four 3-pointers and scored 20. Givens has scored 20 or more in three straight games.

Levon Jacobs, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, scored 10 for the Falcons (5-5, 3-2).

Chase Daniel scored 26 for the Vikings. Jaiden Thompson had 21, while Carson Daniel scored 15.

West hadn’t allowed more than 68 this season.

Concord beat Northwest Cabarrus on Friday and appears to be the second-best team in the league. Central beat Concord 80-50.

West        14    12   14   18  — 58

Central    18    23   29  25   — 95

WEST — Givens 20, Jacobs 10, Cowan 7, Noble 6, Connolly 4, Norman 4, Gill 3, Greene 2, Harrison 2.