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Mount Tabor boys run away from Knights

North Davidson’s Jordan Santana (right) and Eli Moore (left) try to defend a shot by Mount Tabor’s Deion Robinson during their game Wednesday night. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)

In boys action Wednesday night, Mount Tabor, the state’s second-ranked 4-A squad, looked every bit the part of a heavy favorite, racing out to a 28-12 lead in the first quarter en route to a 91-57 blowout win over the host Knights.

The Spartans placed all five starters in double figures, led by Lepreece Lynch’s 13 points.

Lynch’s steal and breakaway dunk gave Mount Tabor a 4-2 lead in the first and coach Andy Muse’s club never looked back, improving to 4-0 in Central Piedmont action and 17-1 overall.

Mount Tabor had a noticeable advantage in length and athleticism, a fact not lost on North Davidson coach Sammy Staten — whose squad dropped to 1-2 in conference action, 7-8 overall.

“They are so long and athletic that they can easily take you out of what you want to do,” Staten said. “Not to make excuses but we were outmanned from the start. For us to beat a team like that we’ve got to play a perfect game.”

Despite a tough night against a state title contender, Staten saw some positives in North’s play. “We had some spurts where we did some good things and we played hard and competed all night,” Staten added. “There were several times when we broke the press on the back end and were able to get to the basket. That’s something we haven’t done a lot of and it was nice to see.”

North’s Chase Mitchell led all scorers with 17 points including four 3-pointers. Brandon Easter chipped in 12 points for North including 10 in the first half.

Joining Lynch in double figures for the Spartans were Nate Long and Matthew Madigan with 12 points apiece. In addition, Deion Robinson and Tyquan Bitting had 11 points each to help pace the Spartans, who got 12 players in the scoring column.