High school basketball: East boys get first SPC win
Published 1:11 am Saturday, January 15, 2022
GRANITE QUARRY — East Rowan’s 85-64 win against South Rowan on Friday was notable as the Mustangs’ first South Piedmont Conference victory of the season and for relative offensive explosions by both teams.
East (4-8, 1-4) came in averaging 53 points per game. South (0-14, 0-6) came in averaging 34.
Both teams filled it up at a much higher rate than normal.
East led 24-13 after a quarter and by 45-31 at halftime. South outscored the Mustangs in the third quarter, but East finished strong with a 26-point fourth quarter.
“We executed very well on offense and defense and played with a lot of intensity,” East Rowan head coach Andrew Porter said. “We played as a team and had balanced scoring. I was proud of the effort.”
It was East’s most prolific offensive night since the Mustangs racked up 94 against North Iredell during the 2008-09 season. East had scored 40 in its previous game against powerhouse Central Cabarrus, but the Vikings have done that to a lot of people.
At 6-foot-6, Tee Harris had a height advantage inside for East and delivered a huge game with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Daniel Overcash had one of his best nights with 12 points and six rebounds.
Dylan Valley scored 13. Dominick Dale, a muscular post man, enjoyed a career game with 12 points.
South moved the scoreboard frequently thanks to humongous games by Jacob Ritchie, who scored 25, and Aaron Jones, who had 18.
Ritchie’s previous career high was 12. Jones’ career high had been 10.
Elijah Anderson added nine for South, which hadn’t scored more than 40 in a game since November. The Raiders went through some roster reshuffling and lost some talented players in December. There have been tough times, but Friday was encouraging.
“We played much better than we have in a while,” South head coach Daniel Blevins said. “We handled their press well and played hard. I was proud of the composure and character that we showed.”
South 13 18 17 16 — 64
East 24 21 14 26 — 85
SOUTH — Ritchie 25, Jones 18, Anderson 9, Moore 6, McGuire 4, Carey 2.
EAST — Harris 20, Valley 13, Dale 12, Overcash 12, Wemboula 5, Ellis 5, Clement 5, Everhart 4, Hoesman 4, Sprinkle 3,