Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Body of Christ 94 Hendrick of Durham 86

By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator

Night two of the Greater NC Pro-Am started off with a high-scoring contest, as Body of Christ played their first game of the season against Hendrick of Durham.

Former N.C. State reserve Johnny Thomas led Body of Christ to a 7-0 lead to start the game, but Chris Hill quickly responded by converting the old-fashioned three point play on the other end of the floor. The first quarter was highlighted by impressive play from Thomas and Hill, as the two battled back and forth. Late in the quarter, Thomas knocked down a jumper for two of his 20 first half points, only to be dunked on by Hill at the other end. Hill hit a three pointer to end the period, but his team trailed 32-22.

The second quarter was more of the same from Body of Christ, as Thomas continued to put on a show for the fans. Former Norfolk State standout Michael Deloach joined Hill in putting up points to keep up with Body of Christ's offensive attack, taking advantage of two second chance points to end the half. Unfortunately for Hendrick of Durham, they still found themselves on the wrong end of a 64-39 deficit at the half.

The large halftime lead was not enough to keep the game out of doubt for Body of Christ. Hendrick of Durham made things interesting, rallying behind the play of Deloach and NCCU forward Nick Chasten. Chasten's lay-up with 2:02 remaining in the final period brought the game within eight. With under a minute to play, Hill got a two point bucket of his own to bring the game within six. Despite 26 points from Deloach and 23 from Hill, Hendrick of Durham's comeback was not enough. Thomas' game-high 31 points led Body of Christ to victory, 94-86.

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