The Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers let a double-digit lead get away last season against Hickory Christian in the BSN Buccaneer Classic and were focused not to let it happen again.
Their focus was rewarded, as Country Day (5-6) never trailed and used a dominant second quarter to cruise to a 65-49 victory over Hickory Christian (8-3) in the finals of the 2013 BSN Buccaneer Classic at Country Day.
“This was our best overall performance thus far,” Country Day coach Dwayne Cherry said. “Our execution was good pretty much the whole game.”
Country Day scored the game’s first seven points, but Hickory Christian chipped away and tied the score at 16 after the first quarter. In the second quarter Country Day took over, as Stukie Philips scored eight points during a 13-1 run that turned a 24-20 lead into a commanding 37-21 advantage late in the quarter.
The lead was 37-23 at the break, but Hickory Christian cut into the advantage in the third, as Casey Broome scored five points in 10 seconds to close to within nine at 43-34 at the 4:20 mark.
But Philips answered with a 3-pointer on Country Day’s next possession to put the advantage back to 12, and Michael White hit a 3 one minute later to squash any chance of another Hickory Christian comeback. Country Day ended the third quarter on a 10-1 run and never trailed by fewer than 14 the rest of the way.
Country Day was balanced offensively, as Alex Owen led them with 16 points while Philips and White each scored 15 and eight different Buccaneers scored.
“Michael (White) has been our main guy, and it was good to see other guys step up,” Cherry said. “You want everyone who steps on the floor for you to be an offensive threat, and when we can be more balanced we’re harder to beat.”
Hickory Christian was led by Jordan Dillingham with 12 points, while Broome scored 11 and Conner Smith chipped in 10 points.
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