LENOIR – The McDowell Titans junior varsity basketball team again showed its second-half magic on Tuesday, rallying from a double-figure deficit to beat the West Caldwell Warriors 48-47.
McDowell, with the road win, pushes its record to 17-3 overall and a 10-3 mark in Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play with one game left on the season.
The Titan jayvees struggled through the entire first half and trailed 27-5 in the early moments of the second quarter. However, McDowell survived the onslaught and began to chip back into the deficit, cutting it to a 30-14 margin at the half.
The Titans made their greatest push right out of the break, hitting their first three shots of the quarter and shrinking a 16-point deficit down to four points (36-32) after three quarters.
In the final seven minutes of play, McDowell outscored West Caldwell 16-11, taking the lead on two different occasions in the final two minutes of play. Michael Queen (11 points, 5 rebounds) made the game-winner, going coast to coast for a layup with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Mason McPeters (11 points, 3 rebounds) and Gavin Davis (10 points, 6 rebounds) joined Queen in double figures. Mason Lamb scored nine points off the bench. Colby Effler finished with three points and Peyton Rose (6 rebounds) chipped in two points.
McDowell’s boys and girls junior varsity teams will conclude their seasons on Friday at Titan Gym against Freedom (4 p.m. jayvee girls start).