Vikings, Blue Devils advance to boys title game of Holiday Classic
► South Iredell vs. Mooresville, 7:30 p.m.
► Pine Lake vs. Lake Norman, 4:30 p.m.
► Statesville vs. North Iredell, 1:30 p.m.
► West Iredell vs. Carolina International, 10:30 a.m.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
South Iredell’s boys basketball team built a big first-half lead and shut down Pine Lake Prep’s Demarcus Johnson on Friday en route to a 70-60 win in the semifinals of the Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame Holiday Classic.
The No. 2-seed Vikings (6-3) took a 36-19 lead into the half and held off the Pride’s strong comeback effort after intermission.
Greg Liechty led the South Iredell attack with 18 points, Austin Edds finished with 16 and Ty Everhart added 13.
Derek Finizio paced Pine Lake (4-4) with 16 points, and Meeladi Dorochi and Carson Shirley added seven points each.
A day after Demarcus Johnson hung 33 points on Statesville, the Pine Lake guard was held to three points against South Iredell.
In the other semifinal game:
Mooresville 53, Lake Norman 51: Griffin White scored 14 of his team-best 15 points in the second half as the Blue Devils upset the top-seeded Wildcats in the second semifinal on Friday.
Mooresville (4-5) overcame a nine-point halftime deficit with a 24-point surge in the third quarter to rally for the win.
Glenwood Robinson added 11 points, AJ Stewart finished with 10 and Shy Smith chipped in nine for the Blue Devils, who will square of against South Iredell in Saturday’s title game.
Zach Schulz led Lake Norman (6-3) with a game-high 22 points. Zane Haglan and Jack Edmonson scored eight points each.
Statesville 77, West Iredell 40: The Greyhounds took advantage of their superior speed and athleticism in a lopsided win over the Warriors.
Jeremiah Mott led a balanced Statesville squad (3-7) with 14 points. Gabe White, Elijah Holland and Miykei Fields contributed nine points each, and Devonte Knox and Nebanye Moore had eight points each for the winners.
Eli Kitchens made four three-pointers to lead the Warriors (1-9) with 12 points. Hayden Blohm finished with seven.
North Iredell 72, Carolina International 54: The host Raiders erupted for 42 second-half points to break open a close game.
Kolbe Pierce finished with 12 points to pace North Iredell (1-9). Jake Tuggle added 11 points, and Antonio Allison and Blake Barzee contributed eight points each.
Denzel Smith led Carolina International (4-6) with 14 points, and Tamauri Smith had 12.
PHOTO GALLERY BY TAYLOR SHERRILL