Posted On: 02/3/18 12:02 PM
ELDRIDGE — A 29-1 run by North Scott blew their game against Davenport West wide open on Friday night en route to a 66-50 Lancers win.
In a game filled with runs, it was North Scott’s final big one that pushed them over the edge. With North Scott leading 27-17 midway through the second quarter, it was Davenport West who closed the half on an 11-0 run to take a 28-27 lead into the break.
After the teams exchanged buckets for the first few minutes of the third quarter, North Scott blew the game wide open with the 29-1 run that spanned about eight minutes and gave the Lancers a 60-34 lead.
North Scott (14-3) was led by Corvon Seales, who led four in double figures with 17 points. Cortaviaus Seales had 14, Reece Sommers added 13 and Tytan Anderson had 11 in the win.
Davenport West (11-6) was led by Balene Mitchell, who scored a career high 13 points. Brett Erwin added 12 in the loss.
Davenport West: Balene Mitchell 13, Brett Erwin 12, Kenny Clay 4, Trey Sampson 4, Bailey Garnica 3, Malik Westerfield 3, Quenton Dempsey 3, Jalen Smith 3, Zach Trevino 2, Aaron Gilliland 2
North Scott: Corvon Seales 17, Cortaviaus Seales 14, Reece Sommers 13, Tytan Anderson 11, Sam Kilburg 9, Noah Harmon 2
Corvon Seales, two-way standout
The senior wing has always been one of the better defenders in the 2018 class, and his offensive game has come a long way over the course of the last 18 months. He’s turned himself into a really talented shooter, both off the dribble and the catch. He’s a good ball handler and slasher, who finishes well around the rim, and he’s turned into a really good passer as well. He finished with five assists and showed a high-level ability to play in the pick-and-roll. He was strong on the defensive end, smothering whoever he was assigned to with his length, lateral quickness and understanding of angles. He’s turned himself into one of the best two-way players in the state, and Minnesota State is getting a great one.
Cortaviaus Seales is TOUGH
Seales’ younger brother has also really developed in the last few years, and is now a great finisher at the rim. He’s grown to about 6-1 and does a great job absorbing contact around the rim and finishing through it with either hand. The physicality he plays with is unrivaled by most guards, and he’s a strong rebounder from his guard spot. Like Corvon, he’s shown a knack for playing in the pick-and-roll, with the ability to turn the corner and get to the rim or make a pass to the roller for easy buckets.
Tytan Anderson, loaded with potential
The 6-4 sophomore was really quiet in the first half after picking up a pair of quick fouls, but he was dynamic in the second half, scoring 11 points on 4-4 shooting and 3-4 from the line. He has a really long wingspan, runs the floor extremely well and finishes well at the rim. He was the recipient of a few of the passes from the Seales pick-and-rolls, setting quality screens then rolling to the rim for layups. He defends the post effectively, and will only get better in that regard as he gains strength, and he has the ability to defend on the perimeter when switched out there with his length and quickness. As he continues to develop his offensive game and stretch out to 15 feet and beyond, he’ll become one of the most dangerous threats on both ends in the state.
Balene Mitchell’s career night
The 2018 Davenport West wing has always been a pretty solid defensive prospect, but he had a career high 13 points in West’s loss. He was especially good in the first half, scoring 11 points on 4-5 from the floor. He showed some solid footwork on a post touch, knocked down a pair of 3s and put the ball on the floor to get to the rim for a finish. He’s a long, athletic wing who can defend either guard spot effectively, and if he’s able to keep developing his offensive game, he could be an intriguing DIII prospect.
Brett Erwin, intriguing JuCo prospect?
The 6-8 Davenport West big man has steadily developed as a player and is a solid finisher around the rim. He runs the floor well, can finish with either hand (although his right, and post moves going to the right, could use work) and communicates on defense. He’d be worth a look at a JuCo to see if he can continue developing on both ends of the floor. There are a lot of tools to work with.