↑Davidson Day: Coach Ron Johnson, in his first year back at the school, has the Patriots off to a 6-1 start after Saturday’s 75-29 win over Hilton Head Christian. On Saturday, Davidson Day star Jackson Threadgill, a junior, had 23 points, four assists. Sophomore Joel Baucom had 15 points, making 5-of-6 3-point attempts.
↑Dazia Lawrence, Mallard Creek girls: Charlotte recruit had 22 points, five assists in Saturday’s 54-42 win over Cary. Teammate Karen Mitchell had 10 points and five steals.
↑Crowds in Fort Mill: the Phenom Hoops “Battle at the Rock” had two top 20 national recruits -- Porter Gaud’s Josiah James and Oak Hill’s Cole Anthony -- and crowds were heavy. Fans were being turned away well before Saturday’s final game.
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↑Ian Martino, Lake Norman Charter: 19 points in a 65-54 win over Pine Lake Prep Saturday. Martino averaged 22.5 points in wins over Sweet 16 No. 16 Hopewell and Pine Lake this week.
Saturday’s #BIG5 Top Performers
Harrison Alexander, Concord Cannon School: freshman wing had 18 points, eight rebounds and made 4-of-9 3-point shots in a 78-63 win over North Cobb (GA) at the Southeast Hoops Festival.
Shaman Alston, Zeb Graham, Fort Mill Nation Ford: Pair sparked an 82-51 win over Charleston Porter Gaud and Tenneesse signee Josiah James, who is a top 20 national recruit. Alson had 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, plus three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Graham made 7-of-10 shots and finished with 20 points, three assists. James finished with 19 points, four rebounds.
Ja’Kai Belton, Gaston Day: 5-9 senior guard had 29 points, seven assists, two steals in a 70-58 win over Fayetteville Christian. Sophomore Dean Hunter had 19 points, three assists.
Olivia Boyce, Carmel Christian girls: 8th grader had a game-high 25 points in a 72-28 win. She is her school’s leading scorer.
Nas Tyson, Marshville Forest Hills: 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds in an 83-41 win over Fairmont. Forest Hills is 3-0.
No. 6 West Charlotte upsets No. 2 Charlotte Christian
The West Charlotte Lions closed out another successful Charlotte Hoops Festival Saturday by upsetting the Charlotte Christian Knights 53-41 at Vance High School.
The Knights, ranked No. 2 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, entered Saturday’s game at 6-0 -- and coming off a blowout win at two-time S.C. 5A champ Dorman -- but suffered their first loss of the season. The Lions, ranked No. 6 in the Sweet 16, overcame a 28-23 halftime deficit to out-score Christian 30-13 in the second half.
Christian’s offense disappeared after halftime. The Knights only scored seven points in the first twelve minutes of the second half. Christian shot a dismal 17-of-47 from the field for the game.
Meanwhile, West Charlotte’s all-everything power forward Patrick Williams, began to heat up after a slow start. Williams, with only four first-half points, ramped up his play in the second half with 14 points to lead all scorers with 18 points. Quinton Thomas added 13 for the Lions (2-1) while Cartier Jernigan also finished in double figures with 10.
Seth Bennett Sr. led Christian in scoring with 16 points while Efosa U-Edosomwan had eight for the Knights.
“I feel like this one of our best defensive teams in the three years I’ve been here as head coach,” West Charlotte’s Jacoby Davis said, “and we’re still trying to put it together. We’ve got some young guys, some freshmen, and they are still trying to understand man-to-man principles. I think we have a really good chance to be a good defensive team and we showed it in the second half tonight.”
▪ In their first three games of the season, the Lions have played two teams in the Sweet 16, losing to No. 3 Concord Cox Mill 78-60 on November 24 and beating Christian on Saturday.
▪ West Charlotte plays next at Harding this Tuesday while Christian gets into action next on Wednesday traveling to Columbia, SC to meet Ben Lippen.
-- Tim Donelli
Saturday’s Quickie Stories
No. 12 Northside Christian 71, Rock Hill 65: Private school Northside beat a 5A public school Saturday. Jaden Seymour had 20 points, 11 rebounds, Cortez Marion-Holmes had 18 points, eight rebounds and Glenn Hubbard III added 18 points, four rebounds for the Knights. Northside grabbed a 27-16 first quarter lead and held off a late push from Rock Hill, which got 18 points from Saveon Williams.
No. 15 Olympic 59, Greenville (SC) Mann 55 -- Olympic had 19 points, four assists from Trevon Williams and 15 from Charles Bryson in a win at the Southeast Hoops Festival at Vance High School. The game was tight throughout. Olympic led 29-27 at halftime and 41-37 at the start of the fourth quarter.