Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Coaches in Christ 78 Team Navy 69

By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator

Word of God guard Bishop Daniels and Coaches in Christ faced Andre Dawkins and Team Navy for the third match-up of the night. Duke's Ryan Kelly and Tyler Thornton and former ECU guard Derrick Wiley were among the local stars on Team Navy's roster.

Team Navy got off to a quick start in the first quarter with a run sparked by Andre Dawkins. Dawkins showed off tremendous elevation on a one-handed slam and shortly followed it with a long three ball to give his team a 13-7 lead. Dawkins, who scored 9 points, ended the quarter with a second chance two pointer, maintaining the lead by 6.

Kelly found his way to the free throw line on multiple occasions, but struggled from the charity stripe. Coaches in Christ took advantage, as Marques Oliver came off the bench to bring some offense to his team. Anthony Hilliard knocked down a quick four points to end the half, giving his team a 35-34 lead.

Coaches in Christ's Roddrick Brown took over in the second half with a couple early two-handed slams. Coaches in Christ led most of the quarter, but Wiley knocked down a trey to tie the game at 43-43. Brown finished the quarter the way he started, hitting two points with 11 seconds go. Coaches in Christ ended the quarter with a three point lead.

The final period of play was highlighted by three balls from both sides. Thornton gave Blue Devil fans reason for optimism with excellent perimeter shooting to keep his team in the game, but Brown's play down low ultimately made the difference in the game. Wiley hit a three ball with under a minute to go, but it was not enough. Brown ended up with 19 points and Coaches in Christ pulled off the win, 78-69.

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