The Victory Christian Kings rebounded from a tough buzzer-beater loss Monday to defeat the Lake Norman Wildcats 49-33 Tuesday on the final day of the Hoodie’s House of Hope Hoops Classic.
After a slow start by both teams (Victory Christian led 8-6 after the first quarter) Ty Gadsden began heating up for the Kings with 11 second-quarter points en route to 17 points to lead Victory Christian. Brent Davis chipped in 11 points and Ebuka Izundu 10.
Victory Christian (13-4) outscored the Wildcats 21-8 in the decisive second quarter while building a 29-14 halftime advantage.
Hunter Seacat scored 20 of the Wildcats 33 points, but got little help from his teammates. Lake Norman (5-7) shot only 33 percent from the floor and was just 1 of 11 from 3-point range. The Wildcats continue to miss senior point guard Kishawn Pritchett who has played in only two games this season due to injury.
Victory Christian coach Aureice McCain said his team got back to basics to put the 58-56 last-second loss to Ardrey Kell behind it.
“Defensive intensity: that was the biggest thing we focused on this morning during the walk-through,” he said. “That was the most important thing for me. I know we can score, but can we defend. That was the biggest thing for us today.”
One of the game’s key matchups was the two big men, the 6-foot-9 Seacat going against 6-10 Izundu. At this level big men don’t often face others their own size.
Izundu, a Charlotte 49ers recruit, got into early foul trouble which limited him to 15 minutes, but the matchup was entertaining.
“I wish I would have had more time on the court to play against him,” Izunda said. “It was a good competition and matchup for me.”
Seacat, a William & Mary recruit, also talked about his unique matchup with Izunda.
“It was definitely tough,” he said. “I don’t get to play someone my size very often. He’s a good player; he has good moves and it definitely teaches you new things.”
Victory Christian went 2-1 in the classic. Lake Norman was 0-3.