By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
Two-time NBA champion Josh Powell led Lucky Seven into their match-up against Body of Christ for the final game of Thursday night at the Greater NC Pro-Am.
Lucky Seven got to work early with Powell and teammate J.B. Wilson throwing down highlight dunks. In the final seconds of the quarter, Jose Frias contributed to the team's early scoring with a reverse scoop off the glass that pushed Lucky Seven to a 16-9 lead going into the first break.
Rhode Island's Akeem Richmond started to get hot for Body of Christ in the second quarter, and eventually hit a three pointer that gave his team a one point lead. The advantage was not held for long, as Lucky Seven's Hayward Fain made plays on both sides of the court. Fain helped retake the lead for his team, and Wilson's two-handed slam with just six seconds to go put Lucky Seven ahead by five at the half.
No one could stop Lucky Seven in the opening minutes of the second half, as they stormed out to a 14 point lead that led to a Body of Christ timeout with 5:24 left in the third quarter. Richmond hit a pair of free throws to close out the third quarter, but his team still had a 55-42 deficit to fight heading into the final period of play.
Lucky Seven led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter, but Richmond would not let his team go down quietly. With 40 seconds to go, Richmond hit the final three of his 11 straight points after single-handedly bringing Body of Christ back into the game.
In the end, it was not enough. Despite Richmond's 27 points, Lucky Seven sealed the victory after Terrell McIntire hit all four of his free throw attempts in the final minute. Lucky Seven got the win, 75-69.