A measure of revenge: Titans hand Hilltoppers first setback of season

McDowell Titans point guard Kevin Silver blows past R-S Central's Jacob Knox on his way to the basket during Wednesday's 82-65 win. Silver scored a team-high 24 points and made 5-of-8 shots from downtown. Josh Davis/blessmysoulphotography.com

Josh Davis/blessmysoulphotography.com

The McDowell Titans did not take kindly to their two-point loss at R-S Central last week.

The proof of that displeasure manifested itself on the court Wednesday.

McDowell (4-1) dominated the previously unbeaten Hilltoppers (8-1) from the opening tap en route to a convincing 82-65 win at Titan Gym. Four McDowell starters scored in double figures and two posted double-doubles with points and rebounds.

The Titans scored 10 of the game’s first 12 points and led 20-7 after one quarter and 35-15 at the half. R-S Central only briefly got as close as 12 in the game’s final moments.

Point guard Kevin Silver (5-of-8 3-pointers, 3 steals) scored 16 of his team-high 24 in the second half. Skyler McKinney flirted with a triple-double, going for 18 points, 10 boards and seven assists.

Post Travis Corpening played perhaps his best game of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Antoine Lindsey fought off foul trouble to finish with 13 points.

Dylan McRary tossed in eight off the bench, and fifth starter Caden Davis helped set the tone early, pulling six of his eight rebounds in the first quarter.

It all added up to a dominating performance. Only McDowell’s sub-par showing from the line (10 of 22) kept the score from being even more lopsided.

“From Day 1, we said if we were going to be really good, we were going to have to be tenacious on the boards,” said McDowell head coach Brian Franklin. “If we can keep it close to even, we have a chance to win, because we can do some things on the offensive end.

“When we went down to their place, we gave up 25 offensive rebounds and they scored 18 points off of those. Tonight, especially in the first half, our kids did the best job they’ve done all year blocking out and rebounding on the defensive end.”

Both teams pulled 43 boards, and Central held a 15-11 bulge on the offensive glass. But six of the Hilltoppers’ offensive rebounds came late in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided. So too did 16 of guard Zyrion Wilkins’ game-high 29 points. Wilkins also led the Hilltoppers in rebounds with nine.

McDowell led 13-7 midway through the opening quarter, but a 14-0 run gave the Titans a sizeable cushion. Silver’s trey off a McKinney assist started the rally, and McKinney scored the game’s next two buckets to make it 20-7 after one quarter.

Two follow shots by Corpening sandwiched around a J.C. Olivo 3-pointer began the second period, and it was 27-7 with 5:48 left in the half.

The Hilltoppers never recovered.

McDowell hosts unbeaten Hickory tonight (Friday) in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference opener.



R-S Central (65) Tyion Watkins 2-4 0-0 5, Zyrion Wilkins 12-20 4-8 29, Jacob Knox 3-10 1-2 7, Josh Wharton 2-3 0-0 4, Arnie Twitty 1-9 0-0 2, Ty-J Cooks 0-2 0-0 0, Tyler Whiteside 3-11 2-3 8, Malik Hipp-Smith 2-5 0-0 4, Elijah Carson 0-4 0-2 0, Devin Littlejohn 0-2 0-0 0, Jayden Waddell 3-5 0-1 6. Totals: 28-75 7-16 65.

McDowell (82) Skyler McKinney 6-13 5-11 18, Caden Davis 1-5 0-0 2, Travis Corpening 6-10 1-2 13, Antoine Lindsey 5-11 0-0 13, Kevin Silver 8-14 3-5 24, Dylan McRary 4-7 0-0 8, Adam Randolph 0-2 0-2 0, J.C. Olivo 1-3 1-2 4, Cole England 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 31-67 10-22 82.


R-S Central        07   08   23   27 – 65

McDowell           20   15   22   25 – 82


Rebounds: RSC (43) McDowell (43) Rebound leaders: RSC (Wilkins 9) McDowell (Corpening 13, McKinney 10, Davis 8) 3-point goals: RSC (2-23) McDowell (10-26) RSC (Watkins 1-2, Wilkins 1-3, Knox 0-7, Cooks, Hipp-Smith 0-2, Whiteside, Littlejohn, Waddell 0-1, Carson 0-4) McDowell (Silver 5-8, Lindsey 3-7, McKinney 1-5, Davis, Corpening 0-1, McRary 0-2, Olivo 1-2) McDowell assist leaders: (McKinney 7) McDowell steals leaders: (Silver 3) McDowell blocked shot leaders: (Silver, Davis 1) Turnovers: RSC (13) McDowell (12)

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