Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tigerville, S.C.—Sophomore Zack Shields led NGU with 24 including a clutch three pointer to send the game into overtime where the Crusaders would overtake the Cougars of Carver Bible College 103-101.

Other players scoring in double figures for NGU were Paul Harrison with 22, Luke Lattimer with 20, and Jonathan Bozymowski who scored 11. Paul Harrison and Kyler Booher led the team with eight rebounds. North Greenville started the game off slow as carver opened the contest with a 10-0 run in the first five minutes of the game.
The fast start propelled Carver to a 12 point lead with 4:08 left in the half. The Crusaders trailed the entire first half but battled back however cutting the lead Cougar lead to 3 by intermission. Carver jumped out to a quick start in the second half building a 10 point lead with 16:28 left in the game. North Greenville responded this time tying the game at 60 with 12:48 left.

 Soon after the Crusaders would take their first lead of the game at 62-60 after two Jason Wray free throws. Carver would take a seven point lead with 3:20 left but the Crusaders battled back to tie the game again at 90. With 42 seconds left Carver’s James Barbee with a three pointer to give the Cougars the lead 93-90. After a NGU turnover with 12 seconds left the Crusaders were forced to foul sending Carver to the charity stripe for a “1-in-1”. Corey Evans missed the first shot and Paul Harrison collected the rebound pushing the ball up court. Harrison passed the ball off to Zack Shields who drained the game tying three with seven seconds left.

Carver had a chance to win the game on a desperation three pointer from half court but the shot fell short sending the game into overtime. The two clubs traded baskets for the first four minutes of overtime. NGU pulled ahead by two with 1:42 left in the bonus period. Carver tied the game at 101 with 25 seconds left. North Greenville took the lead for the final time by two on a pair of Zack Sheilds free throws.  Carver had a chance to win the game heaving a shot from half court as time expired but the desperation shot off of the back of the rim falling harmlessly to the floor making the final score 103-101 in favor of NGU.

“We counted on every player tonight for productive minutes,” said head coach Chad Lister. “It wasn’t always pretty but I was proud to see us grind out a win.” With the win North Grenville improves to 15-11 on the season. With the win the Crusaders wrap up the 2010 season on a high note and ensures the team a winning record for the season. Next for North Greenville is the NCCAA South Regional Tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 8-10.