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Tuesday’s boys’ high school basketball rewind: No Sir, no problem for Myers Park

Myers Park High’s boys’ basketball team — still playing without top 100 national recruit Sir Mohammed due to a shoulder injury — won 63-61 over Chambers on Tuesday night behind preseason All-Observer guard Bishop Boswell’s 23-point performance.

Myers Park is No. 1 in this week’s Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 poll. Chambers, playing in front of a big crowd at home, is No. 6.

“We knew coming over here was going to be tough,” Mustangs coach Scott Taylor said. “It’s their first home game. It is never easy coming in here. They are physical and mentally tough. They make you really work for anything and everything. The last two years when we played them, we turned the ball over more than probably anybody we’ve played.”

Taylor felt that the Cougars’ pressure made it difficult for his team to get into its normal offensive sets. Myers Park’s problems became more pronounced in the third quarter when 6-9 forward Sadiq White had to go to the bench with foul trouble. Without White on the floor, the Cougars were able to generate some turnovers that led to run outs.

But just when Chambers caught Myers Park and seemed ready to gain a serious advantage, Boswell stepped up.

“We did good in the beginning,” Boswell said. “But, we knew (Chambers) were going to come back. Coach (Taylor) told me to go take over and I just knew I had to be there for my guys and be the leader. I couldn’t let the emotions get the best of me in that situation.”

Taylor had a of praise for Boswell, a 6-3 guard signed to Tennessee.

“We are asking (Boswell) to do a lot right now,” Taylor said. “Obviously he is taking on a lot more of the ball handling and decision-making when Sir (Mohammed) isn’t in there. We’ve got some new good players, but they are new and young and haven’t really played, so we are asking (Boswell) to carry a lot of it. It really takes a toll.”

In the fourth quarter, Boswell seemed to find his flow, hitting a clutch layup and connecting on all of his free throws in the quarter. His play, and White’s return, helped Myers Park keep just enough space between Chambers and its No. 1 ranking.

“Sometimes it is a little harder to find his flow in the offense,” Taylor said. “He felt the urgency to at least put some pressure on the rim tonight and got to the free-throw line a bunch. Then he made a heck of a play to finish one at the rim to give us the lead and finish it out.”

The Mustangs won’t get much rest after the win. They’ll play the No. 5 ranked team in MaxPreps national poll Friday, Virginia’s John Marshall, at the Good Guys vs. Cancer Basketball Showcase in the Outer Banks.

Taylor is hoping Mohammed, a 6-6 guard signed to Notre Dame, is ready soon.

“(Mohammed) is starting to do some things,” Taylor said. “But, it is kind of a day-to-day thing just seeing how he responds and how he feels.”

“John Marshall plays hard,” Taylor added. “They play really hard. They had an unbelievable year last year. They return a lot of guys that have been through that. We both know what it is like to play in those environments where it is like a championship-level game. So, it will be a huge test.”

Three who made a difference

Bishop Boswell, Myers Park: The Mustangs needed every one of Boswell’s 23 points. His leadership late in the fourth quarter gave the Mustangs the edge they needed to pull off the win. He hit a reverse layup late in the game to give Myers Park the lead back after the Cougars had just taken it.

Marcus Kerr, Chambers: Kerr had 17 points for the Cougars, seven coming in the fourth quarter. A big-time 3-point basket in the fourth quarter helped the Cougars regain the lead late before Boswell hit his reverse layup. He has been a key addition for the Cougars after transferring from West Charlotte.

Sadiq White, Myers Park: White finished with 19 points, including 10 in the first quarter. Despite the foul trouble, he still finished with the second-most points on the team and hit a free throw in the closing seconds to give his team its final margin.

What’s next?

Chambers will face Caldwell Academy out of Greensboro on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Myers Park will face John Marshall out of Virginia in a battle of top 10 nationally ranked teams at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Quick links

9 new teams in statewide rankings

2 new teams, 1 new No. 1 in The Observer’s Sweet 16

Tuesday’s girls rewind: scores, stars

Tuesday’s #BIG5 top performers

Sean Birmingham, Concord Academy: The Cannon School transfer had 21 points, 10 rebounds in a 67-50 win over Hickory Grove.

Jackson Burnham, Nation Ford: Burnham, a Carmel Christian transfer, had a game-high 31 in a 63-61 win over Charlotte Latin.

Jalen Chambers, Mooresville: In a 76-73 win over Northwest Cabarrus, Chambers finished with 24 points, seven steals, five assists and four rebounds.

Ajaylon Ingram-Moore, Sugar Creek Charter: Ingram-Moore finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds in a 59-55 win over Jackson Day.

Landen Lyerly, Lincolnton: In a 58-48 win over Stuart Cramer, Lyerly posted a triple-double: 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Tuesday’s boys’ box scores

NO. 2 NORTH MECKLENBURG 111, ROCKY RIVER 67

Rocky River 19 14 23 11 – 67

North Mecklenburg 32 23 32 24 – 111

ROCKY RIVER 67 — Jacory Carr 14, Jayden Ross 13, Shamari Johnson 13, Keist Houston 10, Brantley 5, Carr 4, Little 3, Davis 2

NORTH MECKLENBURG 111 — Isaiah Evans 26, Chadlyn Traylor 18, Trey Maxwell 18, Ashton Pierce 17, Exzavier Young 12, Matthews 8, Jamison 8, C. Evans 2, Williams 2

NO. 4 LAKE NORMAN 46, MOUNT TABOR 40

Lake Norman 11 10 14 11 — 46

Mt. Tabor 9 8 12 11 — 40

LAKE NORMAN 46 — Googins 3, Josh Yates 11, Santana Lynch 3, Taurean McKinnon 2, Tre McKinnon 6, Arnold 6, Grant Dryden 3, Trent Steinour 12

MT. TABOR 40 — Peterkin 6, Blair 2, Robinson 8, Koonin 3, Shay 14, Scurry 4, Simmons 3

NO. 8 CANNON SCHOOL 88, MALLARD CREEK 58

Cannon School 21 27 10 30 — 88

Mallard Creek 15 13 17 13 — 58

CANNON SCHOOL 88 — Austin Swartz 24, Isaiah Henry 19, Jay Claggett 13, Lincoln Vinson 10, Dixon 9, Ingram 7, Murash 2, Martin 2, King 2

MALLARD CREEK 58 — Langston Boyd 28, Isaiah White 10, Rahman 7, Davis Jr 4, Connor 3, Savage 2, Ridge 2, Caddle 2,

Records: Cannon 6-2; Mallard Creek 1-4

Notable: Cannon’s Isaiah Henry was presented with his 1,000 point ball. He scored his 1,000th point Nov. 18 against Lake Norman

HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN 76, NO. 15 PROVIDENCE DAY 60

Providence Day 6 12 19 23— 60

HP Christian 13 23 16 24 — 76

PROVIDENCE DAY 60 — Lawrence 19, Hailey 14, Appling 12

Notable: Providence Day (4-2) plays at Raleigh Ravenscroft Friday and at Durham Academy Saturday.

NO. 16 HOPEWELL 85, BERRY 36

HOPEWELL 85 — Mack 8, Watson 18, Brown 16, Gatlin 2, Eley 19, Hines 12, Jones 2, Gibbs 6, Lyons 2, Hutchinson 2

Notable: Hopewell had 23 assists as a team

Records: Hopewell 4-0, Berry 1-2

BUTLER 56, PIEDMONT 44

Butler 19 8 10 19 — 56

Piedmont 7 11 12 14 — 44

BUTLER 56 — Tyler Showalter 21, Terrance Badio 14, Reece Starnes 9, Caleb Milligan 7, Tofiq Azar 3, Eli Grier 2

PIEDMONT 44 — Miles Leaks 21, Drake 7, Smith 7, F. Little 5, B. Little 2, Francis 2

Notes: Butler moves to 1-2, and plays Hart County (GA) at Dorman on Saturday. Piedmont moves to 1-1.

CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 71, ARDREY KELL 60

Ardrey Kell 8 5 22 25 — 60

Catholic 14 12 21 24 — 71

ARDREY KELL 60 — Caden Caskey 37, Delani Hammonds 20, Bryce Thomas 8, Matthew Craft 6, Jake Weckerle 5, Preston Griffiths 4

CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 71 — Noch 10, Gates 7, David 18, Escobeda 2, Egan 16, Noonan 2, Gregory 13, Bergren 2, Kapsiak 1

Records: Ardrey Kell 1-3; Catholic 2-1

CHARLOTTE COUNTRY DAY 70, SOUTH CHARLOTTE 50

Country Day 14 16 22 18 — 70

South Caarlotte 13 10 10 17 — 50

COUNTRY DAY 70 — Preston Scott 17, Jojo Youakim 17, Chucky Smith 13, Jerome Lowery 10, Jones 3, Murphy 2, Vanfield 2, Schulze 4, Diaz 2

SOUTH CHARLOTTE 50 — Rullo 16, Hill 11, Prevost 10, Rullo 5, Graves 3, Yandle 2, Porter 3

Notable: Country Day’s Jojo Youakim and Preston Scott each had 17 points as the Bucs shook off a slow start to earn the victory. Chucky Smith contributed 13 points in the win. Country Day is 6-0 and travels to Asheville School Friday night.

CONCORD ACADEMY 67, HICKORY GROVE 50

Concord Academy 20 13 14 18 — 67

Hickory Grove 15 11 16 8 — 50

HICKORY GROVE 50 — Nelson 5, Jones 14, Allen 5, Banks 22, Powell 4

CONCORD ACADEMY 67 —Ian Howard 7, Serrod McCormick 2, Lincoln Raper 7, Grey Madiera 2, Jake Benham 18, Sean Birmingham 21, James Minlend 2, Ander Rudy 6, Alek Kornacki 2

Notable: Jake Benham made 4-of-7 3-point attempts. Sean Birmingham finished with 10 rebounds.

GASTON DAY 76, WESTMINSTER CATAWBA 61

Gaston Day 17 11 22 26 — 76

Westminster 21 10 18 12 — 61

GASTON DAY 76 — Chase Owens 17, Braylen Todd 15, Deshawn Coulter 14, Griffen Simpson 13, Kurt Hunter 11, Gavin Fields 6

LAKE NORMAN CHARTER 62, HOUGH 52

Lake Norman Charter 12 13 19 18 — 62

Hough- 14 16 9 13 — 52

LAKE NORMAN CHARTER 62 — Braden Wilkie 19, Collin McConneyhead 12, Braylon Irelan 10, Major Leak 8, Isiah Smith 5, Owen Kuhn 5, Drew Johnson 2, Jay Morgan 1

HOUGH 52 — Cole Skovira 12, Cole Galombeck 11, Henry Moore 9, John Slusher 8, Evan Otto 6, Beck Spear 5, Justin Funderburk 1

Notable: Lake Norman Charter (2-1) will travel to West Rowan to start conference play Friday.

LINCOLNTON 58, STUART CRAMER 48

Lincolnton 9 22 12 15 — 58

Stuart Cramer 16 12 11 9 — 48

LINCOLNTON 58 — Junior “LJ” Smith 29, Landen Lyerly 15, Khamoni Heath 6

STUART CRAMER 68 — DJ Cross 18, Gavin Jordan 7

Notable: Lincolnton’s Landon Lyerly posted a triple double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. In two games, Junior Smith has scored 72 points.

Record: Lincolnton 2-0. Stuart Cramer 0-2

MOORESVILLE 76, NORTHWEST CABARRUS 73

Mooresville 23 15 16 22 — 76

Northwest 20 18 17 18 — 73

MOORESVILLE 76 — Jalen Chambers 24, Nolan Ericson 15, Dylan Leuthardt 10, Eian Bailey 7, Kyri Wilson 7, Dylan Clark 6, AJ Parsley 4, Bryson Demby 3.

Notable: Chambers had five assists, four rebounds, and seven steals for Mooresville. Parsley had eight assists and three steals. Wilson had five assists. Demby had two steals. Leuthardt had seven rebounds and two blocks. Clark had two blocks.

NATION FORD 63, CHARLOTTE LATIN 61

Nation Ford 20 16 10 17 — 63

Latin 10 16 18 17 — 61

NATION FORD 63 — Jackson Burnham 31, Caden Giles 12, Chuttey 6, Bobertson 5, Walters 4, Petre 2, Caslaru 2, Faulkner 1

CHARLOTTE LATIN 61 — Nic Levy 16, James Jones 16, Alex Dauska 13, Ivory 8, Miles 4, King 2, Diaz 2

Records: Nation Ford 1-0, Latin 1-3

SOUTH MECKLENBURG 62, CUTHBERTSON 46

South Meck 15 12 17 18 — 62

Cuthbertson 9 7 12 18 — 46

SOUTH MECKLENBURG 62 — P. Moye 21, B. Houpt 10, Rothacker 8, Skelton 7, Howard 6

CUTHBERTSON 46 — L.Thompson 15, J. Tolchin 9, L. Nelson 7

Records: South Meck 3-0, Cuthbertson 1-3

SUGAR CREEK CHARTER 59, JACKSON DAY 55

Sugar Creek 14 10 20 15 — 59

Jackson Day 5 12 16 22 — 55

SUGAR CREEK CHARTER 59 — Ajaylon Ingram-Moore 18, Terry Watson 16, Gatewood 6, Howie 4, Kuttas 5, Harrison 3, Seme 3, Mccrey 2, Kinsemi 3

Notable: Ajaylon Ingram-Moore 18 pts and 11 rebounds

WEDDINGTON 55, PARKWOOD 21

Parkwood 2 8 5 6 — 21

Weddington 22 10 12 11 — 55

PARKWOOD 21 — McKinney 7, Sistare 5, Netherland 4, Pawhill 3, Green, 2

WEDDINGTON 55 – KJ Younger 22, Grant Hamilton 11, Cain 4, Zepp 4, Vaugh 3, Nnaji 3, Cook 3, Ellyson 3, Ford 2

Notable: KJ Younger posted 22 points, four rebounds, four steals, and two assists as the Warriors beat Parkwood in the Weddington home opener. Weddington (3-0) will travel to play a neutral site game on Friday at 5 p.m. against A.C. Reynolds at Skyland’s TC Roberson High.

Record: Weddington 3-0, Parkwood 1-2

Saturday’s late box score

INDEPENDENCE 76, WEST CHARLOTTE 62

Independence 15 16 20 25 — 76

West Charlotte 9 18 12 23 — 62

iNDEPENDENCE 76 — Yancy Thomason 22, Jaxson Neely 11, Jasper 9, Jasper 8,Macharia 8, Alberga 7, Johnson 5, Bosley-Slade 4, Davis 2

WEST CHARLOTTE 62 — Brandon Blakley 14, Christian Coleman 13, Elijah Littlejohn 11, Amen Pressley 10, Damani Day 10,Kane 2, Faison 2

Records: INDY: Overall: 2-1; West Charlotte: Overall: 1-2

Upcoming schedule

Wednesday

Mecklenburg nonconference

Charlotte Elite Academy at Lab Univ. Prep (boys)

Community School of Davidson at West Caldwell

Other nonconference

1 of 1 Academy at Lincoln Charter

Bessemer City at North Gaston

Carolina International at Porter Ridge

Central Pageland (SC) at Piedmont

Combine Academy at Oak Ridge (VA) Military

North Lincoln at Forestview

Northwest Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant

Union Academy at Mountain Island Charter

S.C. nonconference

Buford at Lewisville

Christ Church Episcopal at Fort Mill

Lakewood at Andrew Jackson

Lugoff-Elgin at Indian Land

Walnut Grove Christian at Comenius School (boys)

Thursday

Metrolina Athletic Conference

SouthLake Christian at Hickory Grove Christian

Mecklenburg nonconference

Charlotte Lab School at Grace Academy (girls)

Corvian Community at Grace Academy (girls)

Cox Mill at Hough

Elevation Prep at Victory Christian (boys)

Gray Stone Day at Christ the King

Greater Cabarrus Stallions at Charlotte Elite Academy (boys)

Hickory Grove Christian at Central Academy

Legion Collegiate (SC) at Community School of Davidson

Millers Creek Christian at Victory Christian (girls)

Sugar Creek Charter at North Pointe Christian (boys)

Other nonconference

Greater Cabarrus Stallions at 1 of 1 Academy (girls)

Piedmont Community Charter at Langtree Charter

Statesville Christian at North Hills Christian

S.C. nonconference

Legion Collegiate at Community School of Davidson

Providence Classical at Westminster Catawba (girls)

York at York Prep

Friday

Battle at the Rock

(Rock Hill)

Gaffney vs. Rock Hill, 6

South Pointe vs. Nation Ford, 7:30

South Florence vs. Northwestern, 9

Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic / Asheville

(at Asheville)

Weddington vs. A.C. Reynolds (boys)

Weddington vs. Lamar County (GA) (girls)

Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic / Outer Banks (boys)

(at First Flight High)

Greenfield School vs. Blue Ridge (VA), 4:30

Cannon School vs. Belfield (VA) St. Anne’s, 6

Myers Park vs. John Marshall; (VA), 7:30

First Flight vs. Richmond Senior, 9

Hickory Tavern/Chick-fil-A Classic (boys)

(at Ardrey Kell)

Charlotte Catholic vs. Christ the King, 6

Ardrey Kell vs. Comenius School, 7:30

Phenom Tyler Lewis Hoopsfest (boys)

(at Forsyth Country Day)

Carmel Christian vs. Calvary Day, 5:30

Greensboro Day vs. Woodberry Forest (VA), 7

Forsyth Country Day vs. N.C. GBB, 8:30

Title IX Classic (girls)

(at Myers Park)

Lake Norman vs. South Pointe (SC), 4:30

Myers Park vs. Cuthbertson, 6

North Mecklenburg vs. A.C. Reynolds, 7:30

South Piedmont 3A

Central Cabarrus at East Rowan

Concord at Jesse Carson

Lake Norman Charter at West Rowan

Northwest Cabarrus at South Rowan

Metrolina Athletic Conference

Gaston Christian at Hickory Grove Christian

Gaston Day at Northside Christian

Metrolina Christian at Westminster Catawba

Mecklenburg nonconference

Berry Academy at Rocky River

Cary Academy at Covenant Day

Chambers at North Charleston (SC) Military Magnet (girls)

Charlotte Country Day at Asheville School

Charlotte Latin at Durham Academy

East Forsyth at Mallard Creek (girls)

East Mecklenburg at Sun Valley

Harding at Providence

Lake Norman Christian at Community School of Davidson (boys)

Mountain Island Charter at Queen’s Grant Charter

North Gaston at Hough

Providence Day at Ravenscroft School

South Charlotte Thunder at Arborbrook Christian (girls)

South Mecklenburg at Independence

South Point at Palisades

Statesville at Olympic (girls)

United Faith Christian at Corvian Community (girls)

Victory Christian at Charlotte Christian

West Charlotte at Garinger

West Mecklenburg at Cuthbertson (boys)

Other nonconference

Bessemer City at Forestview

Bradford Prep at Highland Tech

Central Pageland (SC) at Forest Hills

Cherryville at West Lincoln

Combine Academy at Augusta (GA) Christian (boys)

East Surry at North Iredell

Jay M. Robinson at Salisbury

Lake Norman at North Lincoln (boys)

Lincolnton at East Lincoln

Montgomery Central at Central Academy (girls)

Mooresville at North Lincoln (girls)

Parkwood at Buford (SC)

Porter Ridge at Indian Land (SC)

Shelby at Hunter Huss

South Iredell at West Iredell

Stuart Cramer at Marvin Ridge

S.C. nonconference

Andrew Jackson at Great Falls

Blacksburg at Clover

Catawba Ridge at Fort Mill

High Point Academy at York Prep (girls)

Lake Pointe Academy at York

Lancaster at Keenan

Parkwood at Buford

Porter Ridge at Indian Land

Saturday

Battle at the Rock

(at Rock Hill)

North Augusta vs. Blacksburg, 11:30 a.m. (girls)

Andrew Jackson vs. North Augusta, 1

South Pointe vs. South Florence, 2:30

Augusta (GA) Christian vs. Indian Land, 4

United Faith Christian vs. Wilson, 5:30

Gray Collegiate vs. Christ School, 7

Covenant Day vs. Keenan, 8:30

Cabco Classic

(at Cox Mill)

(girls) Mount Pleasant vs. Concord, 10 a.m.

(boys) Mount Pleasant vs. Northwest Cabarrus, 11:30 a.m.

(girls) Northwest Cabarrus vs. Hickory Ridge, 1

(boys) Hickory Ridge vs. Jay M. Robinson, 2:30

(girls) Central Cabarrus vs. Cox Mill, 4

(boys) Cox Mill vs. Concord, 5:30

(boys) West Cabarrus vs. Jay M. Robinson, 7

(boys) Central Cabarrus vs. West Cabarrus, 8:30

Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic/Asheville

(at Asheville)

Weddington vs. Thomas Jefferson Academy, 3 (girls)

Weddington vs. Thomas Jefferson Academy, 4:30 (boys)

Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic/Outer Banks (boys)

(at First Flight High)

Peninsula Catholic (VA) vs. Hertford County, 9 a.m.

Wilson Prep vs. Catholic (VA), 10:30 a.m.

Greenfield School vs. Landstown (VA), noon

The Burlington School vs. Blue Ridge (VA), 1:30

Cannon School vs. Millbrook, 3

Richmond Senior vs. John Marshall (VA), 4:30

Moravian Prep vs. Belfield (VA) St. Anne’s, 6

Myers Park vs. Word of God, 7:30

First Flight vs. Kinston, 9

Hickory Tavern/Chick-fil-A Classic

(at Ardrey Kell)

(girls) Hopewell vs. Garinger, 3

(girls) Ardrey Kell vs. Indian Land, 4:30

(boys) Charlotte Catholic vs. Comenius School, 6:30

(boys) Christ the King vs. Ardrey Kell, 8

PEM Diamonds Classic (girls)

(at United Faith Christian)

Hopewell vs. Garinger, 2

Victory Christian vs. Legion Collegiate (SC), 3:30

United Faith Christian vs. Quality Education, 5

Phenom Tyler Lewis Hoopsfest (boys)

(at Forsyth Country Day)

Chatham Charter vs. West Stokes, noon

Bishop McGuinness vs. Calvary Day, 1:30

High Point Christian vs. Woodberry Forest (VA), 3

Greensboro Day vs. Southern Durham, 4:30

Chambers vs. Caldwell Academy, 6

Forsyth Country Day vs. Orange, 7:30

N.C. GB vs. Kings Forest (VA), 9

Queen City Classic (girls)

(at West Charlotte)Cannon School vs. Sun Valley, 2

South Pointe vs. Cuthbertson, 3:30

Berry Academy vs. Winston-Salem Christian, 5

Olympic vs. West Charlotte, 6:30

Title IX Classic (girls)

(at Myers Park)

A.C. Reynolds vs. Lake Norman, 2

South Pointe vs. Cuthbertson, 3:30

Myers Park vs. North Mecklenburg, 5

Mecklenburg nonconference

Butler at Hart County (GA), noon

Cary Academy at Carmel Christian, 1:30 (boys)

Charlotte Country Day vs. Rabun School (GA), at UNC Asheville (girls, noon; boys, 1:30)

Charlotte Latin at Ravenscroft School (girls, 1; boys, 2:30)

Combine Academy vs. Oak Cliff (VA) Family Academy, in Marshall County (KY) Hoopsfest (boys)

Concord Academy at Asheville Christian (girls, 1; boys, 2:30)

Martinsville (VA) at Rocky River (girls, 3; boys, 5)

Providence Day at Durham Academy (girls, noon; boys, 1:30)

Surry Homeschool at South Charlotte Thunder, 5 (girls)

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