SPC boys basketball: Big win for Falcons; East handles South; Carson no chance vs. Vikes
Published 12:42 pm Saturday, January 14, 2023
From staff reports
Friday’s roundup …
MOUNT ULLA — West Rowan’s 68-58 victory against Concord was awfully big and kept the Falcons in the battle for second place in the South Piedmont Conference.
West won the Sam Moir Christmas Classic for some serious bragging rights, but this was probably the Falcons’ strongest effort of the season.
The fourth quarter — a 22-12 edge — probably was West’s strongest quarter of the season.
“Just kept fighting,” West coach Dadrian Cuthbertson said. “The guys stayed together and got the stops we needed at the end.”
The Falcons had to bounce back from the shell-shock of Tuesday when an undefeated Central Cabarrus team ran over them and running-clocked them.
After a four-point night against Central, Will Givens Jr. showed what he’s made of against Concord. He shot 6-for-10 on 3-pointers, scored 24 and had eight rebounds.
Athan Gill scored 17 and had three big buckets in the fourth quarter.
Kayvone Norman scored 12, and when he’s in double figures, giving the Falcons a third scorer, they are hard to beat.
Several more guys contributed, including freshman Brant Graham, who made two critical 3-pointers.
West (7-6, 4-2) won it mostly with defense. A very good Concord team (10-6, 5-2) shot 30 percent from the field.
Concord’s big scorers got their points, but they had to take a lot of shots. James Smith scored 18 on 7-for-19 shooting, while Brayden Blue’s 14 points came on 5-for-19 shooting.
Concord 16 12 18 12 — 58
West Rowan 16 17 13 22 — 68
West — Givens 24, Gill 17, Norman 12, Graham 6, Martin 4, Holmes 3, Hairston 2.
LANDIS — East Rowan’s boys won, as expected, at South Rowan, giving the Mustangs back-to-back victories in the county and in the South Piedmont Conference.
Tee Harris, who made a pair of 3-pointers, scored 20 to lead the Mustangs to an 80-41 victory.
East (5-9, 2-4) got 13 from Dylan Valley, a career-high 12 from Tyquan Danzine and 10 from Jonathan Wembolua, who bounced back from a scoreless game against Carson.
“We played with a lot of intensity and played very hard on the defensive end,” East coach Andrew Porter said. “We mixed things up on defense and kept South from getting comfortable. Defense sparked our offense, and we attacked hard with the drive and kick and shared the ball a lot.”
East led 24-8 after a quarter and was in control 43-20 at halftime. East made it a blowout with a 30-point third quarter.
South (1-13, 0-6) lost its 13th straight game — on Friday, the 13th. South has allowed 80-plus points in five straight games.
Dalton Young scored 13 for the Raiders. Drew Blackwell had a career-best 11.
The two-game winning streak has Porter thinking playoffs. It’s a realistic goal. East is 38th in the 3A West RPI rankings (Carson is 35th) and 32 teams will make the bracket.
“We’re practicing hard and playing well and we want to finish the season strong,” Porter said. “We’re going to win as many as possible and try to get in the playoffs.”
East 24 19 30 7 — 80
South 8 12 15 6 — 41
East — Harris 20, Valley 13, Danzine 12, Wembolua 10, Everhart 7, Ali 6, Lee 4, Jones 3, Haynes 2, Chesney 2, Brooks 1.
South — Young 13, Blackwell 11, Hunt 6, Jones 5, Cromer 3, Carey 3.
CHINA GROVE — Central Cabarrus blew away Carson 94-42 in Friday’s South Piedmont Conference action.
There was no shame in it. The Vikings (17-0, 7-0) are the only undefeated team in 3A and they’re beating everyone in the SPC by scores like that.
Jaiden Thompson scored 29 points for Central. Chase Daniel had 15, while Gavin Bullock had 13.
It was 27-4 after a quarter and 56-17 at halftime.
Mikey Beasley led the Cougars with 11 points.
Carson (7-8, 0-6) shouldn’t have much trouble putting this one in the rear-view mirror.
While they still have no SPC wins, the Cougars are still very much in the playoff mix as the No. 35 team in the 3A West rankings. They just have to pull off an upset or two, and they would need to win their two games with South Rowan and their home game with East Rowan.
Central 27 29 24 14 — 94
Carson 4 13 14 11 — 42
Carson — Beasley 11, Howard 9, Taylor 6, Burleyson 6, Ball 5, Guida 3, Drye 2.
Northwest Cabarrus (7-7, 5-2) won 53-46 at Lake Norman Charter (8-8, 3-4).