In winning a holiday tournament championship, the Community School of Davidson boys basketball team has now reeled off seven straight victories.
It was the second consecutive year the Spartans won the Laurie Ann Cruse Christmas Classic at Mount Pleasant High School in eastern Cabarrus County. And once again CSD’s Brandon Ellington was named the event’s most valuable player.
In the first round the day after Christmas, the Spartans dominated Albemarle, 75-41. Then CSD defeated 3A school Concord the following day, 68-58.
In the championship, CSD had another emphatic victory, this time over host Mount Pleasant, 79-49. Ellington, a 6-foot-3 senior, compiled 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Sage Alexander scored 16 in the championship game, bringing his tournament total to 46. He and fellow senior Austin Fekete joined Ellington on the all-tournament team.
“The seniors really stepped up,” coach Jackie Drakeford said on Wednesday, noting he has five in the starting lineup. “We had a great tournament as a team. They all played great team ball.”
CSD lost its first two games of the year, in overtime to Highland Tech and to Bishop McGuinness. Entering the first game, football players like Fekete and Ellington only had two days of practice.
“They’re getting better every week,” Drakeford said.
Next for the surging Spartans is a game against 4A school Lake Norman Monday, Jan. 7. It’s one of two remaining out-of-conference games against bigger schools on the schedule.
“They always wanted to play Lake Norman and Lake Norman Charter,” Drakeford said. “All the kids know each other from the area. I just didn’t think it would be in the same year!”
Drakeford said playing those schools from higher classifications pays off during conference play, as his players get in more practice time as well.
“I was thinking if we can get through December, we’ll be just fine,” Drakeford said. “I think we have a lot of catching up to do, but we’re pointing in the right direction.”
Vikings take third in Denver
North Meck’s girls rebounded from a loss to Butler to take third place in the East Lincoln Winter Jam.
The Vikings defeated Northwest Cabarrus Dec. 27 by a 76-59 score, then fell to eventual champion Butler, 57-51. In the third-place game, North Meck took out North Gaston, 81-47.
Sophomore guard Jessica Timmons was named to the all-tournament team for the Denver event.
Next up for the Vikings is cross-town rival Hopewell, who is 1-1 in conference play but lost its two contests over the holiday break in New York City.