Tigerville, S.C.—Micah Parker scored 18 points to lead all scorers while four other players scored in double figures for the Crusaders, as NGU pulls out a crucial 79-67 win over Barton to take over soul possession of third place in Conference Carolinas.
North Greenville trailed briefly in the first period, but quickly took control of a very physical matchup with the Bulldogs, who took an 84-80 win over NGU back in January. The Crusaders pulled even at 11 with the Bulldogs as a layup from Micah Parker put NGU in position to take the lead in its next possession.
Phillip Brown would earn the first lead of the game for North Greenville on the team's next trip down the court, scoring two of his 17 points to give the Crusaders a 13-11 lead. The layup sparked an 8-0 run from North Greenville that made the score 25-17 in favor of the Crusaders with 8:02 left in the opening half.
The Crusaders would lead by as many as 11 in the first 20 minutes, and take a seven point lead into the locker rooms after a Korval McElroy layup with three seconds left on the clock. North Greenville pushed its lead to 13 points in the opening minutes of the second half, but a scrappy Barton team would cut the NGU edge to five with 12 minutes left in the game, erasing an 11 point deficit.
Clutch shooting from NGU, which finished the game shooting 54 percent from the field, would carry the Crusaders to a 17 point lead with 5:32 left in the game, after scoring nine unanswered points after a layup from Dominique Byrd cut the NGU advantage 59-51.
Spencer Reaves would prove to be the closer for North Greenville down the stretch, scoring six of his 14 in the final 2 minutes of Saturday Night's game. The Crusaders shot well from all over the floor in the league win over the Bulldogs, after also shooting 54.5 percent from three-point range. The Crusaders were 3-5 from down town in the second half, as Parker hit two while Reaves hit one. Parker was 3-5 for the game.
Also in double-figures for NGU were Korval McElroy, and Lashawn Alexander who had 15 and 11 points, respectively. NGU improved to 16-8 on the season, but more importantly 9-7 in Conference Carolinas play, with just three league games remaining. NGU sits in third behind Mount Olive and King. The Crusaders will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Lees-McRae to take on the Bobcats at 4pm in Banner Elk, North Carolina.