Dayton, Tenn. —
Last week the Somerset Christian School boys basketball team competed in the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) National Tournament.
The Cougars finished fourth out of 17 teams in their Division 5.
Here's a breakdown of the games.
The Qualifying game was played at on Wednesday, March 6, against the Providence Christian Lions from Savannah, GA. The Cougars easily won 67-23.
“Not much competition in this one, but we were glad to get a win to get us started on the right path,” said Cougars’ head coach Kirk Stickley.
Colby Alexander led the Cougars with 17 points, while Hunter Reed had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
SCS 30 20 11 6 – 67
PCS 5 3 6 9 – 23
SOMERSET CHRISTIAN – Colby Alexander 17, Hunter Reed 12, Devin Mayne 11, Daniel Ellenberg 8, Tyler Burton 6, Jacob Ricks 4, Tanner Lewis 4, Aaron Stephens 3,Brandon Eades 2.
In the second game, the Cougars played the Mountain Christian Cougars from Horicon, WI. Somerset Christian won that game 73-35.
Mountain Top had two brothers Chris and Lucas Gough who were excellent 3-point shooters. Chris had scored 70 points in one game during the season.
“We played man-to-man on them,” Stickley commented. “Chris Gough scored 13 points in the first half, while Lucas Gough scored 15 points in the second quarter. At the half we were ahead by 2 points at 33-31. We decided to pressure their ball handler in the second half and to tighten our defense on the brothers. We played probably the best half of defensive basketball this season. Chris Gough hit a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter for his final points of the game. His brother didn't score at all in the second half.”
“We held Mountain Top to 4 points in the second half, while we put up 40,” Stickley added.
SCS 14 19 19 21 – 73
MCS 13 18 3 1 – 35
SOMERSET CHRISTIAN – Alexander 21, Ellenberg 14, Reed 10, Burton 10, Mayne 9, Ricks 7, Lewis 2.
The Cougar’s third game was played against a very solid team, the Lions of Carolina Christian out of Locust, NC. Somerset Christian won the game 63-50
“Carolina has a very good junior, Luke Moore, very smooth player,” Stickley explained. “he was slender in build but very solid fundamentally. He put up 21 points on us.”
“This was a game where their 5 had to beat our 5,” Stickley explained. “At the end their 5 wasn't able to match our balance. Plus we shot 60 percent from the field and 77 percent from 3-point range for the game.”