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.
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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.