Tigerville, S.C. –North Greenville grabbed a one point lead late in Saturday’s game versus King but the slight edge wasn’t enough as the Tornado escaped Tigerville with a 69-67 win.
The Crusaders trialed by nine with just over four minutes left to play but a three pointer from Matt Moore cut the lead to just four. NGU got a defensive stop on the next King offensive possession which led to a Tommy Wade layup to further cut the lead to two points. The Crusaders once again went to Matt Moore following another empty Tornado possession who knocked down a corner three-pointer to give NGU a 61-60 lead, its first since the 4:37 mark of the first half.
King finally ended the scoring drought and scored the next five points to take a 65-51 lead with 1:03 left in the game. North Greenville would cut the lead to one possession with a pair of free throws, but the Tornado answered with a layup on the other end while the Crusaders came up empty on their next two possessions.
The Tornado then had a chance to put the game away but missed the front end of two sets of free throws. Miguel Cartagena’s three pointer on NGU’s next possession cut the Tornado lead to three while a pair of King free throws made the lead 69-66 with just six seconds left. The Crusaders would have one last chance with .9 seconds left but an attempted tip in on an inbounds play was slightly right of the rim as the Tornado escaped with a two-point victory.
The crusaders were led by Tommy Wade who scored a career high 21 against the Tornado. Wade added 10-rebounds to his line to secure the team’s only double double. Matt Moore finished with 14-points while Daniel Burchette knocked down 12-points.
The Crusaders drop to 6-8 overall and 1-6 in Conference Carolinas play after Saturday’s loss. NGU will host the University of Mount Olive on Monday night at 7:30pm.