Tigerville, S.C.—Chris Dean scored 16 points and gathered nine rebounds while Micah Parker added 15 points, as the Crusaders fall to North Georgia 108-71 to close out the Conference Carolinas/Peach Belt Challenge, Saturday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders lead just twice, briefly in the first half, when they took a 1-0 lead in the opening seconds, and a 13-12 lead with 14:16 on the clock. Both leads were short lived however, as the Nighthawks regained the advantage hitting one of their 36 field goals to gain a 13-12 lead. The NGU lead would be the Crusaders last of the game.
North Georgia was led by Chris Tanzy who finished the game leading all scorers with 29 points. Ishmael Tanzy recorded the games only double-double scoring 27 points while grabbing 13 boards. Lamar Richardson and Brian Cole also scored double figures for the Hawks with 12 and 10 points respectively.
North Greenville held the Nighthawks to a single digit lead for a majority of the first half, but an 8-5 spurt in the final four minutes of play would earn North Georgia a 12-point, 49-37 lead at the intermission. North Georgia was hot from the field in the second half, shooting at 52.9% clip while NGU struggled, shooting just 26.9%. Both teams struggled from three, as NGU was just 1-7 while the Nighthawks were 3-13.
North Georgia would equal and surpass its three-point total before the five-minute mark of the second half. The Nighthawks opened the half on a 12-2 run, downing four straight triples to storm out to a seemingly insurmountable 62-39 lead. The Crusaders would try to claw back into the game, but could only cut the North Georgia Lead to 19 points.
The Nighthawks would push the pace for the rest of the second half, and lead by as many as 38 points. The Crusaders would finish the game shooting 32.3% overall, and just 12.5% from the field. North Georgia finished with a 51.4% percentage from the field overall, 48% from beyond the arch.
North Greenville had two other players in Troy Blyden with 12, and Phillip Brown who had 11. The Crusaders fall to 0-3 on the season, but will look to right the ship on November 14th to take on Toccoa Falls in the Red Myers Classic, hosted by Erskine College.