BAKERSVILLE – The first week of the 2017-18 basketball season is complete and the McDowell Titans are off and running.
The Titans made their living from a couple different areas on the floor and were too powerful for the Mitchell Mountaineers Thursday night, winning 85-72 on the road in Ledger.
The victory gives McDowell a 2-0 start on the season, however the victory wasn’t the easiest task as they did come across a formidable effort from a Mitchell squad who is still missing several members of its team due to the football program’s continued run through the state playoffs.
Trystan Jenkins sank a total of four 3-pointers and led the effort with 27 points for the Mountaineers. But with that all said, the Titans offensively brought too much to the table for the opposition to cover.
Three McDowell players scored in double figures with a pair of 20–point performances from senior point guard Kevin Silver (6 assists, 2 steals) and post Travis Corpening (5 rebounds).
That duo gave the Titans a good balance of inside-outside play through the game and provided some opportunities from others.
Guard Antoine Lindsey (4 assists) was the third McDowell player in double figures, finishing with 14 points. As a unit, the Titans made eight 3-pointers on the night with all but one of them coming on the first half.
Mitchell held within shouting distance through all of the first quarter and even the first part of the second quarter, down by only eight points. But it was a flurry starting in the third quarter that allowed the Titans to separate.
Silver drained a 3-pointer at the 3:25 mark giving McDowell a double digit margin (34-23) for the first time in the third, and then hit another long-range bomb, this time in transition on a Lindsey steal, drive and kick out to the corner to Silver to increase the lead to 14.
The Mountaineers never got any closer until the final minutes of the contest.
The Titans who were up by 14 at the break extended it up to 19 points (63-44) after three and then seven straight points in the fourth accelerated the margin to its highest at 70-44.
Silver drained his last triple of the night to start the fourth, along with scores from Caden Davis and Skyler McKinney on a drive and basket with 6:55 left.
That fast start to the fourth allowed McDowell coach Brian Franklin the chance to play the rest of the game mostly with the reserves.
The Mountaineers were able to cut the margin at the end, outscoring the Titans 28-15 over the last five minutes of play.
Davis (2 rebounds) finished with seven points. J.C. Olivo and Adam Randolph tallied six points each.
McKinney (5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), along with Dylan McRary finished with five points each and Cole England finished with two points.
McDowell will be on the road Tuesday at R-S Central.