Posted by davefilby on 9/25/2013 6:31:00 PM (view original):
N Alabama (5-3) at Erskine (4-4): Ragizzy takes the troops to Due West, SC to face tarvolon and Erskine. N Alabama leans on three talented scorers: Sr centers Jesse Crowley (18.9 ppg) and Brock Zahniser (17.5 ppg), and Spoh PG Kyle Derossett (11.5 ppg). Erskine starts five freshmen, but three seniors come off the bench to provide punch: SG Marcos Torres (18.0 ppg), SG Joe Jackson (14.8 ppg), and C Gregory Rhymer (13.9 ppg). Oddsmakers like N Alabama by 3 in what should be a competitive matchup.
Barton (3-5) at Incarnate Word (5-3): kbates1948 looks to win 3 in a row after a rough start to the season against Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Sr PF Terry Innocent gets 15.3 ppg. Incarnate Word has 9 underclassmen on the roster, and so leans on Sr SG Richard Goodman (17.1 ppg) and Sr PG Johnny Morris (11.8 ppg) to provide points. Vegas like the home team by 4, but clearly doesn't understand IW's historical performance in the Challenge.
Should be two good ones tonight.
Erskine 62, N Alabama 60: This one lived up to the billing as the teams were evenly matched, with Erskine putting together a second half spurt to get the win. The first half was back and forth the whole way, with Erskine grinding out a 1 point lead at the break. On the second half, Marcos Torres hit a 3 at the 4 minute mark to push Erskine's lead to 5. They pushed the lead to 6 and lead by that amount with 0:14 remaining, and held off a charge by N Alabama. The big 3 for N Alabama provided 40 of the team's 60 points. Rhymer and Torres combined for 33 for young Erskine.
Incarnate Word 76, Barton 62: Barton's star PF Terry Innocent was guilty of two quick fouls in the first half, rendering him ineffective during the opening stanza. With Innocent held to a bucket, Incarnate Word built an 11 point lead at the break. After a surge to cut the lead to 6, Barton ran out of gas and IW stretched the lead to 19 during the second half. IW was hardly efficient offensively, but did make 22 of 26 free throws. Richard Goodman had 20 points for IW. Innocent's 13 second half points weren't enough to close the gap for Barton.
Heartland 4,CVAC 3
4 of the top ten involved in tonight's deciding action. Previews later.
9/26/2013 10:47 AM (edited)