Warrior Boys Take Second Place in Conference Tournament
Victory 64 NLCA 35

NLCA played in the conference tournament championship game on last Saturday against Victory Academy. The Warrior crowd was the biggest one of the season as the stands were full of Warrior fans.

Victory started the game on a 12-2 run but the Warriors were not shaken and they responded in a big way. The Eagles used 6 three pointers in the second quarter to build a lead but the Warriors would not shy away from the moment and despite not shooting well and were only down ten points at the half, 31-21.

NLCA showed a lot of heart the entire game and proved that they would not back down in the big moment. In the end the much bigger, much stronger, and much more experienced Eagle team proved to be too much for the Warriors and pulled away for a 64-35 win.

After a late fourth quarter run that put the Eagles up by 20 with five minutes left Coach Mills pulled his starters out and cleared the bench to give every player a chance to play in the championship game. This was the Warriors’ first year in a conference and they showed everyone they would be a team to watch in the next couple of years.

Coach Mills commented: “I am so proud of how competitive my guys were this year. I firmly believe that within the next couple of years we will be the ones cutting the nets down at the end of the season. NLCA should be very proud of the way these boys represented our school. We may not have come in first but we played like champions.”

Jordan Pittman and Mack Leonard were selected to the All-Conference team and and Jordan Pittman and Alex Schafer were named to the All-Tournament team. Overall the Warriors finished 16-6, second place in the regular season and tournament runner up.

Warrior Stats: Alex Schafer 6, Mack Leonard 12 , Noah Gelo 2, Jordan Pittman 8, Brock Leonard 3, Hunter Baggett 2, Rhylan Robinson 2.

Victory Stats: Caleb Parnell 37


NLCA Edges Heritage to Reach Tournament Finals
NLCA 68 Heritage 66

NLCA traveled to Zebulon last Thursday night for their semifinal tournament game against Heritage Academy. The Warriors and the Patriots both played well the entire game. The Warriors lead 32-30 at the half, and after the third quarter it was obvious this game was going to be a fight to the finish.

The Patriots went on a run in the fourth quarter and the Warriors found themselves down by 11 points with less than five minutes left in the game. NLCA would take a timeout to regroup and try and stay calm during the storm. Jordan Mills drained a three after drawing up a play during a timeout to bring the Warriors within one point. The Patriots would go to the free throw line and make one out of two. NLCA responded by getting a bucket that would tie the game with 30 seconds left on the clock.

With six seconds left Coach Mills called timeout to draw up an inbounds play, and it worked to perfection as Jordan Pittman was able to get free from the defense and score a wide open layup with only 2.5 seconds left.

The Patriots would use a time out to try and set up a game-winning play but the pressure defense from the Warriors would force a bad pass and Brock Leonard would get the steal with 1.5 seconds left. The Patriots immediately fouled him and he would miss the first free throw and make the second giving the warriors a 68-66 lead. The Warriors set up a full court defense and again got a steal on the inbounds pass to seal the game and advance them to the championship game.

NLCA Stats: Alex Schafer 19, Jordan Mills 3, Mack Leonard 11, Jordan Pittman 28, Brock Leonard 3, Noah Gelo 4.

Heritage Stats: Caleb Greene 22, Brock Lambert 18.

The Lady Warriors finished in third place in the regular season and also took third place in the conference tournament.