Multiple Teams · Northside Christian Academy Boys Varsity Basketball beat Orangeburg Prep School 66-63

Thursday, January 26, 2017

7:45 PM

Orangeburg Prep School
Northside Christian Academy

Game Recap

The Northside Crusader Varsity boys basketball game versus the Orangeburg Prep Indians was arguably the best game of the season thus far in SCISA basketball. The game was full of ups and downs for the Crusaders as the game went back and forth all night long. After being tied at the half, no team led by more than 4 points during the second half. The night was a breakout night for NCA freshman guard, Trenton Jordan, who finished with a team high 19 points and 5 assists. The Crusaders, led by Jordan, had an answer every time Orangeburg Prep made a run. Donny Chiarel also had another solid night for the Crusaders with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Nate Smith also finished in double figures with 11 points.

The game came down to the final buzzer with Northside clinging to a 2 point lead with 0.6 seconds remaining. After an Orangeburg Prep timeout, the Indians threw the ball inbound and hit a 18 foot jump shot as the buzzer sounded to send the game into overtime. Coach Harman was more than unhappy that one of the better shooters on the court got free with the game on the line. “We were in man to man defense with an emphasis on switching all screens. Somebody’s man got free and we are very fortunate that the play didn’t cost us the game,” stated Coach Harman.

NCA was forced then to win the game in overtime and was faced with major foul trouble as Noah Powell and RJ Evans fouled out quickly in the extra period. Big plays in overtime were made by several NCA players but none bigger than freshman guard Cal Stevenson, who came into the ballgame after sitting for most of the second half. Stevenson was fouled with only seconds remaining and hit two clutch free throws to put away the Indians. Coach Harman added, “our team showed a lot of resiliency tonight because there were several times when a young team would normally fold. Our freshman have grown up before our eyes and it’s been a pleasure to coach all of our kids.” Freshman starter Ty Walker was once again out sick for the Crusaders.

The win over the Indians gave the Crusaders a big feather in their cap when the state playoff committee looks at team seeding in a couple weeks. The NCA varsity boys now have a SCISA 3-A win on their resume to go alongside non-conference wins over traditional 1-A powers Laurens and Newberry Academy.

Box Scores

Orangeburg Prep School
Northside Christian Academy