Strong bench play leads Crusaders to victory
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Strong bench play leads Crusaders to victory

Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville men’s basketball team got back to its winning ways on Thursday night as the Crusaders downed Florida College 124-98 in Hayes Gymnasium thanks in part to stellar bench production.

“This was a great bounce back win before our guys leave for Christmas,” said head coach Chad Lister. “We had a lot of guys play productive minutes and they are excited about starting on a winning note in January.”

The Falcons scored the games opening points but never led again as the Crusaders were in control throughout the entire contest. North Greenville, which led by as many as 29, shot 57.1% from the floor and hit 10 three-pointers in the contest.

Nine Crusader reserves combined for total points off the bench, including 38 points in the first half.

North Greenville was led by Luke Lattimer who scored a season-high 25 points and totaled eight rebounds. Jimmy Ellis led all reserves with a season-high 18 points hitting four three-pointers in the game. Paul Harrison filled up the stat sheet as he recorded 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in the game, while Phillip Brown had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in only 11 minutes of action.

The Crusaders have completed their 2010 portion of the schedule with a record of 7-3 and are only looking to build on their success when they return from the break. Harrison is the team leader in points per game with 17.6 and rebounds per game with 7.7, while Lattimer is close behind averaging 15.3 points per contest on 44.4% shooting from beyond the arc.

North Greenville’s next game will be held on Jan. 13 when the Crusaders play host to Warren Wilson College at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.