By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
After suffering their first loss of the season on July 15, Body of Christ was unable to bounce back in their contest against Team Navy on Thursday night.
Team Navy leaped ahead early, with N.C. State's Kendall Smith and former ECU standout Derrick Wiley dropping in several buckets. A trey by Smith put his team up by 10, and Kansas State's Dominique Sutton put in a fast break lay-up in the final minute to take a 22-11 lead into the second quarter.
Corey Evans stretched Team Navy's lead to 14 in the second period after knocking down a three pointer, but Body of Christ's Jordan Carter hit a perimeter shot in response. Adarius Pegues helped cut the deficit, swishing in a turnaround jumper, but Marcus Wells' lay-in right before the buzzer extended the lead back to double digits as Team Navy took a 36-25 advantage into halftime.
Body of Christ's Johnny Thomas stepped up in the third quarter, knocking down a pair of three balls and also contributing a crowd-pleasing two-handed dunk. Thomas was having success from the field, but it was not enough to cancel out the play on the other end. Charles Ward's highlight jam over Pegues was one of many baskets that kept the lead in Team Navy's favor. After Smith was successful on the first of two free throw attempts with just 4.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the team was ahead 51-39 heading into the final intermission.
In the final period, Team Navy ran away with the game. After Wiley (21 points) completed an old-fashioned three point play and Ward nailed a pair of free throws for two of his 10 points, Team Navy led by 21. Body of Christ's John Brown provided some offense toward the end of the game, but his team was unable to overcome the difference. Team Navy was on the winning side of the 68-50 blowout.