Mooresville guard Christian Herring looms over several South Iredell defenders during a short shot attempt from inside the land for the Blue Devils in their long-awaited regular season debut that wound up being worth the wait with a win.


Despite displaying a still-being-pieced-together roster due to the recent arrival of the last few players, Mooresville High School’s boys basketball team still made an impressive regular-season debut.

After having each of their previous three scheduled games postponed and rescheduled due to player personnel, the Blue Devils made their initial regular-season appearance a rousing success courtesy of a 75-55 victory over cross-county foe South Iredell.

With the win, Mooresville was able to enjoy a happy holiday upon taking its 1-0 start back into play.

Debuting on the home court of South Iredell’s Vikings, the Devils darted out of the opening gate and crafted a double-digit advantage by the arrival of the intermission break alone. Mooresville prevailed by a minimum of one point and a maximum of eight — which it managed two times — during each of the respective four periods to continually build on what wound up being a 20-point winning spread.

The decision was rendered in what was the only regularly scheduled meeting between the two same-county teams. It’s possible, however, that the duo could actually face off for a second time in the upcoming Iredell County Hall of Fame Holiday Basketball Classic later this month’s Christmas holiday.

While no additional final-game individual information was available, the victorious Blue Devils gathered in notable contributions throughout the effort thanks to the performances posted by the crew comprised of Aavanth Ezhilan, K.C. Shaw and Kawarn Howell in particular by the draining of at least one three-point shot apiece.

The Devils, only recently joined by players from the football team followed up the owning of an 11-8 edge after one full quarter of play by commanding a 37-26 bulge at intermission.

Mooresville padded its edge by a mere free throw during the course of third period play before erasing any hopes of a comeback when parlaying a fourth-quarter, 25-17 cushion into the reaching of the game’s widest separation by its end.

The Blue Devils look to make the most of that added rest when engaging in the first of their three scheduled games over the course of a five-night span in their home court debut against Kannapolis inside the MHS gym Monday night.{/div}

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