High school basketball: Carson boys win in OT

Published 12:41 am Thursday, December 1, 2022


Staff report

CHINA GROVE — Carson’s boys basketball team beat Central Davidson 62-56 on Wednesday.

In overtime. The first OT win for the Cougars in five seasons.

Sophomore point guard Jonah Drye had two points at halftime but finished with 20, an effort that pushed the Cougars to 3-1 for the season.

Drye made four 3-pointers.

“I still don’t know how good will be, but we are sticking around in games and winning some that I don’t think we would have won last season,” Carson coach Brian Perry said. “We’ve got a little momentum. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”

Carson hadn’t had a good start to a season in a while. It had been 1-3s and 0-4s since 2017-18 when the Cougars won their first 13 games.

Emory Taylor had his best game so far this season with 14 points. Mikey Beasley had 10 and was in double figures for the third straight game.

Carson has six guys who can lead the team in scoring on a given night, which is nice.

Then there’s Jay McGruder. He scored six in the first quarter on Wednesday to help Carson stay in it.

Central Davidson (2-1) was led by Eli Tysinger’s 16 points. Luke Staten scored 14.

C. Davidson   10   11    13   18   4   — 56

Carson           11      6    16  19   10 — 62

Carson — Drye 20, Taylor 14, Beasley 10, McGruder 8, Ball 5, Burleyson 3, Guida 2.