Victory Christian 66, Sequoyah 46 (boys)
Victory Christian guard Chris Crawford exploded for 20 points and four steals, leading the Conquerors to a 66-46 blowout victory over host Sequoyah on Friday.
Crawford set the tone from the tip, scoring the first seven points of the game, and opening up a margin that VCS would never relinquish.
“Chris had a good performance,” Victory Christian coach Ryan Wakley said. “He’s is getting better and better every day. Just an outstanding young man that works hard and is just starting to realize his potential.”
Ryan Helsley responded with five quick points of his own to draw the Indians within five at the close of the opening stanza. The highlights for Helsley ended there, however, as the senior would misfire on his next six attempts.
Still, Sequoyah hung within single-digits for most of the first half, before Damion Parker canned a 3-point bucket at the buzzer, extending the Victory Christian lead back to 10.
“I felt like in the middle of the first, second quarter we fell into a lull, settled a little too much, and we lost our rhythm offensively,” said Wakley. “We still continued to play good defense and we’re able to hold our lead. Damion hit a big shot at the end of the second quarter and gets us back up 10.”
The teams traded blows early in the third quarter, before the Conquerors slammed the door with a 19-3 run to close the period.
“We had a nice run in the third quarter,” said Wakley. “We really sort of put it away there.”
Jake Freeman chipped in 13 for VCS on 5-of-5 shooting, while Parker added 10 of his own.
“Jake has been shooting the ball outstanding the last three games,” said Wakley. “He’s found his rhythm, and worked extremely hard at it. He’s doing a good job getting set up, and we’ve done a good job of finding him.”
The putrid shooting night for the Indians was evident in the box score. Only Helsley, on an off night, managed to reach double figures. Senior T.J. Jones added nine.
The silver lining for Sequoyah may be the impending return of Caisen Green and Zachary Parish, who are expected to return following the winter break.
Next up for the Indians is a home date with Metro Christian at The Place Where They Play.