Friday’s roundup: Local product helps App State in basketball win, Abbey preseason volleyball polls and honors for former East Lincoln standout
By Richard Walker
Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain High School star Adrian Delph scored 21 points and made big plays down the stretch as visiting Appalachian State rallied to beat the Charlotte 49ers 61-57 on Friday night in non-conference college basketball action.
A junior guard, Delph made a steal with 1:13 left to play and Charlotte holding a 55-54 lead. The extra posession was turned into two free throws by Donovan Gregory that gave the Mountaineers the lead for good at 56-55.
Delph later hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to increase Appalachian State’s lead to 59-55, then added two clinching free throws with five seconds left after Charlotte had closed within 59-57. Delph also had five rebounds and five assists for the Mountaineers (5-1), who trailed by nine early in the second half.
Former East Gaston and Gaston Day standout James Lewis, Jr., added six points, three rebounds and three blocked shots for Appalachian State.
Charlotte, which plays again on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Davidson, was led by Jahmir Young’s game-high 24 points.
College women’s basketball
Charlotte 62, Campbell 42: Jada McMillian scored 19 points and Octavia Jett-Wilson 18 as the visiting 49ers (1-4) picked up their first win of the season in the non-conference game. Charlotte plays again on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at home against Davidson.
High school boys basketball
Charlotte Latin 74, Gaston Christian 58: The Eagles fell to 2-5 in the home loss. Gaston Christian plays again on Tuesday at home against Charlotte’s United Faith Christian Academy.
High school volleyball
Kings Mountain 3, Cramer 0: The Mountaineers remain unbeaten (7-0) and atop the Big South 3A Conference standings.
College women’s volleyball
Belmont Abbey has been picked to finish third in the 2020-21 Conference Carolinas preseason poll, the league office announced on Friday.
In voting done by the league’s head coaches, the Lady Crusaders totaled 83 points and received three first-place votes.
Two-time defending tournament champion Emmanuel is the favorite and King is picked to finish second.
Three Abbey players were listed among the league’s players to watch – juniors Hailey Ryan, Paige Rawlins and Lauren Hamilton.
College men’s volleyball
Belmont Abbey has been picked to finish fourth in the 2021 Conference Carolinas preseason poll, the league office announced on Friday.
In voting done by the league’s head coaches, the Crusaders received 31 points total and trail first-place selection Mount Olive, second-place Barton and third-place King.
Three Crusaders were listed in among the league’s players to watch – freshman Matteo Miselli, junior Andrew Kohut and senior Brennan Davis.
Former East Lincoln High standout Chazz Surratt has been named a finalist for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football.
A senior at the University of North Carolina, Surratt is a 2016 East Lincoln graduate who has been nominated for an award because of notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
The winner will be announced later this month.