Quick outburst lifts Titans over Alexander Central

McDowell senior Jordan Kehler goes to the basket while teammate Cole England trails the play during the second half of Tuesday's 83-61 win over Alexander Central in the regular-season home finale. McDowell is on the road at South Caldwell Friday. Josh Davis/blessmysoulphotography.com

Josh Davis/blessmysoulphotography.com

Two minutes, 39 seconds.

That’s how long it took the McDowell Titans to turn a close game into a rout.

McDowell’s torrid, 16-0 first-half run took less time off the clock than the average trip to the concession stand, and the Titans cruised to an 83-61 win over the Alexander Central Cougars on senior night at Titan Gym.

The game wasn’t actually that close – McDowell was up 25-8 after one quarter and 45-23 at the half, and led by as many as 35 before pulling its starters early in the final period.

The Titans (9-2 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference, 17-4 overall) put four players in double figures, hit 15 3-pointers and got all but 11 of their points from their eight seniors.

The blowout was a welcome relief for McDowell, whose previous two contests had been decided by a total of just five points.

“The intensity was great from the seniors,” said Titans head coach Brian Franklin. “Those eight seniors really set the tone, because that’s all we played in the first quarter.

“From top to bottom, I thought our kids were ready to go and were really pulling for each other. Those guys, the last two years, look what kind of seasons they’ve put together – 42-7.”

Post Travis Corpening (8 rebounds, 2 blocks) continued his recent outstanding play, scoring 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. In his last three outings, Corpening has scored 64 points and shot 69 percent (27 of 39) from the field.

Skyler McKinney needed only 22 minutes of playing time to go for 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks. Kevin Silver (6 assists, 2 steals) scored all 16 of his points in the first half and went 5-of-10 from long range. Antoine Lindsey (5 rebounds) was 4-of-10 from downtown and finished with 12 points.

“Defensively, we were flying around and causing some trouble for them,” said Franklin. “Then offensively, we stayed with what we’ve been doing the last couple of games, moving the ball a little better and getting the ball inside. We also started making some of those shots we’ve missed the last couple of weeks.”

Alexander Central (4-6, 8-12) got 20 points from guard Blan Hodges and 10 from guard Kendall Flowers. But the Cougars were overmatched from the get-go.

Still, the Titans’ lead was just 12-8 on Flowers’ basket in the lane with 2:45 to go in the first quarter.

But Silver’s pull-up 3-pointer 31 seconds later started a landslide. Silver banged home three triples in the final 2:14 of the first period, and with additional buckets from McKinney and Corpening, the Titans led 25-8 at the end of one period.

McKinney nailed a 3 off an assist from Caden Davis (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) 25 seconds into the second period, and McDowell owned a 28-8 advantage.

The lead stretched to 74-39 in the fourth when Lindsey hit back-to-back 3-pointers shortly before the starters exited for good.

The five starters, along with Cole England, Jordan Kehler and Nick Grande, were playing in their final regular-season home game.

McDowell has three games left, all of them on the road. The Titans have wrapped up the conference’s only 4A State Playoff berth and have qualified for the postseason for the 31st time in the last 33 seasons. McDowell could finish no worse than 9-5, while South Caldwell – the league’s only other 4A school – could do no better than 5-9. The Titans have also assured themselves of finishing no worse than third in the league standings.

McDowell is on the road at South Caldwell Friday.

 

Alexander Central (61) Dawson Elder 4-5 0-0 8, Jem Lowrance 1-8 1-2 3, Kendall Flowers 4-6 0-1 10, Blan Hodges 7-16 2-2 20, Jackson Barr 0-2 1-2 1, Zach Wooten 1-2 0-0 3, Dalton Stikeleather 0-3 0-0 0, Adam Mahaffey 2-5 0-0 2, Jamison Benfield 2-8 0-0 4, Lucas Walker 0-6 0-0 0, Maddox Kerley 3-3 1-3 7. Totals: 24-64 5-10 61.

McDowell (83) Skyler Mckinney 6-9 2-2 17, Caden Davis 1-1 0-1 2, Travis Corpening 9-14 4-5 22, Antoine Lindsey 4-12 0-1 12, Kevin Silver 5-10 1-1 16, Jordan Kehler 1-5 1-1 3, Cole England 0-3 0-0 0, Nick Grande 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan McRary 1-2 0-0 3, J.C. Olivo 2-7 0-0 6, Adam Randolph 1-2 0-0 2, Trenton Gragg 0-1 0-0 0, Andruw Randolph 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Davis 0-0 0-0, Ian Elliott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 30-67 8-11 83.

 

Alexander Central        08   15   16   22 – 61

McDowell                    25   20   19   19 – 83

 

Rebounds: AC (28) McDowell (40) Rebound leaders: AC (Elder 9) McDowell (McKinney, Corpening 8) 3-point goals: AC (8-29) McDowell (15-36) AC (Lowrance 0-5, Flowers 2-4, Hodges 4-10, Barr, Benfield 0-1, Wooten 1-2, Mahaffey 1-1, Walker 0-5) McDowell (Silver 5-10, Lindsey 4-10, McKinney 3-5, McRary 1-2, Olivo 2-6, Kehler, Gragg, Elliott 0-1) McDowell assist leaders: (McKinney 8, Silver 6) McDowell steals leaders: (Silver, McKinney, Ad. Randolph 2) McDowell blocked shot leaders: (McKinney, Corpening 2, McRary 1) Turnovers: AC (18) McDowell (13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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