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November 22, 2008

Somerset Christian opens 08-09 basketball campaign

Somerset — The Somerset Christian School’s Boys’ Varsity team put their undefeated record on the line Friday night in the second half of a girls/boys doubleheader against the Academy for Individual Excellence (AIE) out of Louisville. But the visitors used a late 16-0 run to come from behind and outlast SCS 53-50.

In the first quarter SCS used a slashing attack to get to the bucket frequently. Justin Ricks and Jeremy Hart scored six points apiece in the quarter. But the lead went back and forth after Stephen Lichtefeld hit a beautiful reverse lay up to give AIE their first lead at 9-8. They led 13-10 before SCS closed the quarter on a 7-0 run thanks to baskets by Jakob Maybrier and Max Pilaczynski.

SCS held the lead for the entire second quarter, though they were outscored 11-10 by AIE in the stanza. SCS lead by as many as six points before AIE tightened it back up through the emergence of senior R. J. Morrow. Morrow had just two in the first quarter, but poured in seven of his game-high 24 points in the second to keep AIE close.

The third quarter was back and forth, with the two teams leading scorers, Maybrier and Morrow, controlling the majority of the action. After opening the half on an 11-5 run AIE took their biggest lead of the quarter 35-32. But SCS answered with seven straight points, four by Maybrier and a 3-pointer by Justin Ricks, and led after three quarters 39-37.

The fourth quarter was a battle of runs. SCS got points from four different players as they scored eight straight points to start the fourth quarter and take a 47-37 lead. The SCS defense forced the AIE shooters to misfire on their first eight shots of the final quarter, and SCS seemed ready to run away with it.

“Our players saw that they were starting to wear down,” said SCS Head Coach Dale Slusser. “We knew we were in good shape, and their starters had played most of the way, so when they started to show some fatigue it lit a fire in us.”

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