Howell, Eagles batter Buckin’ Elks

By Jim Fuller jfuller@civitasmedia.com

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Michael Howell had 12 points and 14 rebounds as visiting Wilkes Central controlled the boards and Elkin, taking a 58-39 conference win Monday night.

Elkin’s Kody King led all scorers with 16 points, while Jamiles Hayes added 10 for the Buckin’ Elks.

The Eagles held a 28-10 advantage on the boards through three quarters.

“We just didn’t make any shots tonight,” Elkin Coach Kenneth Abrams said. “And we didn’t rebound. We were watching.

“In order to win in basketball, you have to rebound.”

But, as Abrams pointed out, “in the third quarter we were still in it.”

Wilkes Central scored the game’s first seven points and led 15-3 after the first quarter. A 3 by Hayes with 3:28 to play in the first was the only Elkin score. The Eagles led by as much as 16 at 21-5 before settling for a 13-point lead at half.

The Buckin’ Elks crept to within eight (34-26) with 5:09 to play in the third as Hayes and King combined for all 12 points during a 12-4 Elkin run. The Buckin’s Elks were later within nine twice with possession but could get no closer.

The conference tournament starts Tuesday night as the Buckin’ Elks travel to Alleghany. “It’ll be interesting,” Abrams said. “It was the draw I was happy we got.”

Wilkes Central (12-11, 6-7): Isaiah Osborne 4-2-12, Kruz Lowe 2-2-6, Devan Bailey 3-2-10, Nick Nunn 2-0-4, Levi Vestal 1-0-2, Michael Howell 4-4-12, Wesley Triplett 6-0-12. Totals: 22-FG 10-23 58.

Elkin (4-20, 2-12): Jamiles Hayes 4-0-10, Raz Walker 1-0-3, Eli Brown 2-0-6, Kody King 6-3-16, Josiah Blevins 1-0-2, Jordan Baines 1-0-2. Totals: 15-FG 3-7-FT 39.

WC 15 12 19 12 - 58

E 3 11 17 8 - 39

3-Pt FG: WC 4 (Osborne 2, Bailey 2), E 6 (Hayes 2, Brown 2, Walker, King). Total Fouls: WC 9, E 16. Fouled Out: None. Technicals: None. Officials: Whitaker, Lewis, Atkins.


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