LOCAL ROUNDUP: Thorne, Dearman earn conference POW honors

Feb. 7—TRIAD — Catawba's Lyrik Thorne and Guilford's Tyler Dearman each earned their conference's player of the week honor this week.

Thorne — a former Ledford standout — was named the South Atlantic Conference women's basketball player of the week, while Dearman — a former Southern Guilford standout — was selected the Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's basketball player of the week.

Thorne, a senior guard, helped lead Catawba to a 67-51 win against Elizabeth City State and a 94-85 win against Carson-Newman. She had 13 points, four assists and four steals against Elizabeth City State, plus 29 points — hitting seven 3-pointers — and four assists against Carson-Newman.

She is averaging 19 points per game this season as Catawba is 18-4 overall and currently sits atop the SAC's Piedmont Division at 10-2.

Dearman, a senior guard, scored a career-high 28 points in the Quakers' 75-65 win against Ferrum — hitting 10 of 18 shots. He added four rebounds, three steals and an assist. He also scored 30 points — hitting 9 of 15 shots — in a 71-63 win against Randolph, plus had three rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

He is third in the conference in 3-pointers made (50) and steals (42), fourth in total points (361), fifth in points per game (16.4) and eight in offensive rebounds (50) as Guilford has gone 18-4 overall and 11-2 in the conference, sitting in second.


THOMASVILLE — Davidson-Davie Community College beat Patrick & Henry Community College 80-77 in men's basketball Monday at Brinkley Gym.

Chase Mebane had 17 points and six rebounds to lead the Storm (22-0 overall, 16-0 conference), who led 32-23 at halftime. Jahlen King added 16 points, followed by Aaron Ross with 11 points and six rebounds. Jaheim Taylor also had nine points and six steals.

DDCC shot 45% from the field for the game while Patrick & Henry shot 41%.

The Storm will play tonight against Guilford Tech in Jamestown.


MIAMI — Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat has been selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game this month.

Adebayo, who starred at High Point Christian in 2015-16 and helped the Cougars reach the NCISAA 3A finals that season, will make his second all-star appearance after being selected in 2020.

He is averaging 21.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in 49 games played this season. The NBA All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 17-19 in Salt Lake City.