Tigerville, S.C. - The North Greenville Crusaders downed the Brevard College Tornados 87-74 behind Miguel Cartagena’s season high 30-point performance. The Crusaders improve to 4-0 to start off the season.
North Greenville and Brevard fought it out in the first half with neither team gaining any real advantage over the other. The Crusaders would come out on top at the end of the half with a 33-32 lead.
The Crusaders would hold the largest lead of the half with a seven-point margin with 6:13 left to play. Miguel Cartagena would lead NGU in scoring with 12 and Tommy Wade would lead all Crusaders in rebounds with 12.
After going down briefly at the start of the second half, the Crusaders worked their way up to a 13-point lead over the Tornados which would quickly be cut to five with 8:52 left in the game as Brevard managed to score seven straight unanswered points.
The Brevard scoring run would come to an abrupt end as North Greenville responded with a five-point run of their own to extend the lead back out to ten. The tornados would not be able to cut the Crusader lead less than seven for the rest of the game as North Greenville would go on to win 87-74 in their fourth straight home game.
Michael Cartagena owned the scoring category for the Crusaders today with an astonishing 30-points. Jai Jencks led in rebounds with 8 rebounds all coming from the defensive side of the ball. DJ Brooks would go 10-10 from the free throw line. As a team, North Greenville shot 53.2% on Saturday as well as having an 81.1 free throw percentage.
North Greenville will look open up conference play on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, as they take on the King University Tornados in the Crusaders first road game of the season.