Tuesday’s roundup: Mountain Island Charter volleyball sets history, Prep and college basketball results and college football commitment

By Richard Walker

Crest running back Timothy Ruff committed on Tuesday to play football at Charleston Southern University.

Mountain Island Charter set Gaston County history on Tuesday by sweeping Bishop McGuinness in the Western N.C. 1A volleyball championship match.

The unbeaten Raptors (18-0) became the first team in county history to advance to the state championship.

Mountain Island Charter will meet East Wake Academy in the 2020-21 championship at Green Level High School on Saturday at 6 p.m.

High school boys basketball
Huss 69, Forestview 60: Huss improved to 3-2 on the season against visiting Forestview (1-4), which was led by Jamarion Dawkins (14 points), Jaycob Neely (12 points), Daris Byers (12 points) and Travian Neely (10 points). Huss visits Cramer and Forestview host Kings Mountain on Friday.

Crest 86, North Gaston 46: Caleb Borders (22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals), Mari Adams (19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Eli Hall (9 points, 9 rebounds), Jimmy Lytle (8 points, 5 rebounds) and M.J. Ross (8 points) led unbeaten Crest (5-0), which visits Shelby for a non-conference game on Wednesday night. Santiago Ormaza’s 10 points led North Gaston (2-3), which hosts Ashbrook on Friday.

East Lincoln 56, Maiden 52: After trailing by 16 points in the third quarter, the unbeaten Mustangs (4-0) rallied to win on the road. Drew Bean (17 points), Jeremiah Jones (16 points, 3 assists, 4 steals, 4 rebounds) and Evan Montanari (11 points, 6 assists, 3 steals) led East Lincoln, which visits North Lincoln on Thursday night in its next game.

Lincoln Charter 87, Bessemer City 54: The visiting Eagles (4-0) stayed unbeaten with the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference win. Bessemer City (2-2) was led by Randall Pettus (25 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds).

Ashbrook 70, Cramer 57: Jordan Robertson scored 27 points for Ashbrook (1-4), which visits North Gaston on Friday. Visiting Cramer (0-4) was led by Justin Rocquemore (16 points), Jacob Joyner (14 points, 4 steals) and Mason Craig (8 points). Cramer hosts Huss on Friday.
Cramer won the JV game 44-39 to improve to 2-2 behind Amari Littlejohn (14 points, 5 rebounds), Owen Sloan (7 points, 5 assists) and Damien Fernandez (5 points, 5 rebounds).

R-S Central 68, South Point 63

Burns 68, East Gaston 57

North Lincoln 65, Newton-Conover 58

Gaston Day 64, Gaston Christian 51

High school girls basketball
Ashbrook 70, Cramer 27: Madison Cole had 19 points and Kennette Bess 14 for unbeaten Ashbrook (5-0), which visits North Gaston on Friday in its next game. For Cramer (0-3), which hosts Huss on Friday, Renija Hamilton had seven points and Meghan Kimbirl six.

Bessemer City 42, Lincoln Charter 37: The Yellow Jackets (3-1) won behind Janiya Adams (20 points) and Imani Rhodes (17 points, 13 rebounds).

East Gaston 76, Burns 46

Maiden 53, East Lincoln 48

Lake Norman Charter 38, Lincolnton 35

Crest 69, North Gaston 34

Bandys 51, West Lincoln 36

Christ the King 58, Cherryville 12

R-S Central 78, South Point 16

North Lincoln at Newton-Conover: Postponed to Wednesday.

College football
Crest High’s Timothy Ruff announced on twitter that he was committing to play football at Charleston Southern University. Ruff accounted for 1,603 yards of offense – 1,296 rushing – in 2019 when he helped lead the Chargers to a 10-3 overall record and the Big South 3A Conference championship.

College men’s basketball
Belmont Abbey 80, Southern Wesleyan 69: Sean Halloran’s career-high 29 points led Belmont Abbey to a road Conference Carolinas victory. Halloran also had a team-high four assists and Quest Aldridge added 15 points for the Crusaders (5-1, 3-0), who host Emmanuel on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in their next game.

UNC-Asheville 79, Gardner-Webb 75: The Runnin’ Bulldogs fell to 3-8 overall and 2-4 in the Big South on a night when senior guard Jaheam Cornwall surpassed 1,000 career points. One of five double-figure scorers with 11 points, Cornwall reached the century mark on a driving layup with 9:00 left. D’Maurian Williams (19 points), Jacob Falko (14), Jamaine Mann (14) and Jordan Sears (13) also scored in double figures for Gardner-Webb, which hosts UNC-Asheville again on Wednesday at 7 p.m.