Providence Day held off several late Charlotte Christian runs to beat the Knights 68-56 Tuesday in boys’ basketball at Charlotte Christian’s Lamb-Johnson Gym.
It was the CISAA opener for both schools, which are located less than 2 miles apart in south Charlotte.
“Anytime you come into (Charlotte) Christian’s gym, it’s going to be a tough game,” said Providence Day coach Brian Field. “Any conference road game is going to be a tough game and to escape with a win is a good night for us.”
Sweet 16 No. 6 Providence Day (14-3, 1-0) led 52-39 after the third quarter. The Knights went on a 6-0 run in the first 90 seconds of the fourth quarter to pull within seven points.
The Chargers answered with their own 6-0 run to stretch the lead back to 13.
The Knights (5-15, 0-1) cut the lead to single digits several more times, getting as close as eight with 48 seconds left, but Providence Day always answered.
“I thought we did a good job of sustaining our lead through some of their runs, pushing our lead back out, making a run of our own,” Field said. “We’ve played a really tough schedule intentionally. This is the toughest schedule we’ve ever played. And I think what it has done is it has battle-tested us and got us ready for conference play.”
Senior guard Jordan Watkins led Providence Day with 27 points, but the Chargers’ big men were just as important as the Davidson recruit.
Sophomore forwards Josh Howard (16 points), Grant Williams (eight) and Isaac Johnson (five) combined for 29 points. Their long limbs also clogged the inside and got into passing lanes, often creating turnovers and easy transition points for Providence Day.
Williams also had seven blocks and seven rebounds.
“I thought we did a good job early on of getting the ball inside and establishing an inside game,” Field said. “Obviously everybody knows about Jordan Watkins and his perimeter game, but for us to have another weapon, which is Isaac and Grant and Josh, makes us more than one-dimensional and makes us tough to defend.”
Providence Day senior Devin Mills finished with six points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Trey Phills led Charlotte Christian with 29 points. Senior Adam Durden added 15. The two scored all but four of Charlotte Christian’s 36 second-half points.
Providence Day girls win
The Providence Day girls also held off a late Charlotte Christian charge to win 49-40.
The Sweet 16 No. 6 Chargers (16-2, 1-0) led 25-15 at halftime and 41-21 at the end of the third quarter. The Knights (9-5, 0-1) outscored Providence Day 19-8 in the final period to pull within nine points before time ran out.
Providence Day’s Jatarie White led all scorers with 20 points. Morgan Franklin led the Knights with 11 and Caroline Dennehy added nine.
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