CFC vs. Host Mount Zion For The Title
CFC In A Nip and Tuck Affair
We should have known the first game of the day post-turkey dinner was going to be played at a slower pace. Berkshire and Christian Faith Center locked horns in a battle of two powerhouse teams. The game never really had much of a flow to it and shooting just wasn't up to speed on either side. But, in the end CFC edged Berkshire as Jeff Granger sank two free throws with one second on the clock to give his team the 57-55 win. Granger was on the line because Berkshire's Brian Mason closed him out too hard on a three-point attempt and fouled Granger in the act of shooting a three-ball.
Christian Faith probably should have won the game by a wider margin but going 22-for-38 from the charity stripe tends to drag out ballgames. Seton Hall signee JR Morris led the way for CFC with 20 points on 7-for-19 shooting and was 2-5 from deep.
Berkshire's big men had their problems converting around the basket until Kevin Young hit his stride late in the second half. However, Young fouled out with 2:29 remaining in the game and his team trailing by one.
Mount Zion Upends Our Savior
Our Savior point guard Jamar Wilson, an Albany signee, did his best to rally his team but Our Savior fell short against host Mount Zion 79-71. Wilson finished with 26 points.
Mount Zion senior David "Bones" Bell was terrific at both ends and scored 22 to lead the victors. Point guard Roscoe Biggers handed out 13 assists and scored 9 points but did turn it over a half dozen times.
The game was our first look at sophomore Tella Palacios. The 6-8, 245 pounder scored 18 points in one of his first varsity contests and looks every bit like a high-major player from the Class of 2004.
Bright Sunny Day For Northern
Sophomore small forward Roy Bright led Northern with 28 points as the Knights bested Wilson Fike 70-66. Northern led by double-digits at the half before Fike started going nuts from the perimeter and shots began falling in succession to close the gap. But, with less than two minutes remaining in the game, Bright got himself two buckets on the blocks and converted each time he was fouled and sent to the line.
In short, Bright was awesome. Teammate Darrius Blanding, also a sophomore, wasn't bad either. Blanding is a 6-2 shooting guard with great range and a scorer's touch. Northern is going to become a force as these two grow old together.
Notes: Among the colleges represented were Virginia Commonwealth, Oklahoma, NC A&T, College of Charleston, Clemson, UConn and Appalachian State. … Mount Zion PF Almany Thiero wasn't much of a factor but recently reclassed sophomore PF Mohammed Tangara did plenty to offset an ineffective performance by his pal from Mali. … CFC big man DeMarshay Johnson played sparingly because he was late arriving on CFC's campus from break and missed a practice. … Berkshire guard Ismael N'diaye struggled in his team's loss scoring just 6 points, committing 6 turnovers while handing out 4 assists. …
Coastal Christ vs. Durham School of The Arts
We didn't hang around for the final score but it appeared Coastal Christian was on its way to victory.
2 pm DSA vs. Fike
3:20 Berkshire vs. Our Savior
5 pm Northern vs. Coastal Christian
7 pm Christian Faith vs. Mount Zion