Tigerville, S.C. - The North Greenville Crusaders downed the Bob Jones Bruins on Thursday giving them a 3-0 record to kick off the season.
The Crusaders and the Bruins began the first half very close with both teams matching the others shot. After a quick timeout early in the half, with the crusaders up 11-10, Justin Doctson came off the bench and scored five to help North Greenville extend their lead by nine points.
NGU continued to control the game leading at one point by 19 points but the Bruins quickly cut the lead to nine as they capitalized on several fast break scores as well as an abundance of fouls from North Greenville. NGU would hold a 43-32 lead over the BJU at the end of the half.
Miguel Cartagena would lead all Crusaders with 10 points on the half with Matt Moore and Justin Dotson in a close second with eight a piece. DJ Brooks would lead in the assists category with 4 on the half. Matt Moore would lead in rebounds with 6 of the Crusader total of 23. North Greenville would finish up the first half with 50% shooting.
North Greenville stepped up quick offensively at the start of the second half and extended the lead back out to twenty. Bob Jones became determined to get back into the game and made some crucial shots to cut the Crusader lead back down to eleven.
The game grew intense as both teams traded shot for shot not wanting either team to gain any momentum. North Greenville fought their way back to a nineteen-point lead with 2:50 left in the game.
Bob Jones made their share of shots but couldn’t do enough to stop the Crusader offense from putting points on the board as the Crusaders would go on to beat the Bruins 79-67.
Miguel Cartagena led North Greenville in scoring with a season high 21 points. Justin Dotson lead the Crusaders in rebounds with 8 of the 40 total rebounds. DJ Brooks and Miguel Cartagena both finished the game with four assists each.
The Crusaders will return to Hayes Gymnasium on Saturday, November 19, 2016 to take on the Brevard College Tornados in their fourth straight home game.