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Titans, Ellis avenge loss to Pioneers

McDowell's Jeremiah Ellis scores two of his 20 points while teammate Jandon Robbins, 35, looks on during Wednesday's win over Watauga. The Titans host Enka tonight (Friday).

McDowell Titans forward Jeremiah Ellis has been steadily improving as a varsity basketball player over the past few weeks. But on Wednesday night, the junior officially had a coming-out party, leading McDowell to a 64-48 win against the Watauga Pioneers.

Ellis, who scored a total of four points against the Pioneers in a 62-61 loss on Dec. 21, was a completely different player on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 20 points, to go with 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Ellis has now posted double figures in scoring in four his past five games and is a big part in the McDowell (6-4) winning streak that has been extended to five in a row.

Senior Mason Lamb had a spectacular floor game, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Jandon Robbins’ 16 points and five rebounds gave the Titans some good offensive balance for the second consecutive game.

Watauga, who was led by Micah Turbett’s 18 points, hung around for most of the first half, and in fact, the Pioneers were up by a 26-25 margin late in the first half before a surge by the Titans of eight straight points in the final two minutes gave McDowell the lead for good.

Ellis was in on six of the eight points during that flurry including a lay-in off the glass in transition as the horn sounded.

The Pioneers did stay within five points in the third quarter, but down the stretch, the Titans wore Watauga down in transition. McDowell salted the game away early in the fourth by going on a 12-2 run over a span of three minutes.

Robbins was especially active as he scored seven points in the frame, most of them on penetration to the basket. Lamb was also active down the stretch with seven points in the fourth.

Josh Smith (4 rebounds) added six points. Ethan Hensley scored two points. Devyn Cash and David Olivo finished with one point each.

Jonah Martin and Isaiah Shirley scored seven points each to help assist Turbett offensively.

McDowell returns to The Mountain 3A/4A Conference play in an encounter with 12-1 Enka on Friday.

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