Victory Christian 68 NLCA 65
NLCA hosted Victory Christian Academy Tuesday night. The host Warriors got off to a very slow start and Victory hit almost every shot they took. Coach Mills’ Warriors never got into a rhythm in the first half while Victory did everything right and would lead at halftime 39-23.
The Warriors came out on a mission in the second half playing with energy and started to get some shots to fall. NLCA outscored Victory 20-15 in the third period. The fourth quarter was back and forth for a while but the Warriors took charge and battled back cutting the lead to only four points. The Warriors had multiple opportunities to win the game, getting to the free throw line often but missed 12 free throws.
NLCA showed great heart battling back from a deficit that was 20 points at one time. However, the shots would not fall late in the game and Victory was able to hold out for a 69-65 win.
Mack Leonard led the Warrior attack with 23 points while Caleb Parnell had a game-high 28 points for Victory.
NLCA now stand 14-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
NLCA 12 11 20 22 65
Victory 28 11 15 13 69
NLCA Scoring: Alex Schafer 5, Brock Leonard 9, Mack Leonard 23, Noah Gelo 1, Jordan Pittman 24, Jordan Mills 3.
Victory Scoring: Caleb Parnell 28, Hunter Allgood 15.
NLCA 65 Heritage 58
The Warriors traveled to Zebulon Monday night to take on the Patriots of Heritage Academy. Despite missing two starters in the lineup, the Warriors came to play.
The visitors early jumped out on the Patriots with a 26-10 first quarter lead and would carry that momentum into halftime leading 42-19.
The Warriors used an up-tempo offense to get out in transition and get easy buckets while dominating the glass as well, out rebounding the Patriots. This game would be a tale of two halves as several Warriors got in foul trouble in the first half and in the second half, the Warriors would lose two starters in the third quarter due to fouls as Mack Leonard and Noah Gelo both fouled out.
The already slim roster got a lot smaller and the Patriots would take advantage as they scored in the paint with a smaller Warrior lineup in the game. The host Patriots outscored the Warriors 20-8 in the third quarter that cut the Warrior lead to 50-39.
The smaller Warrior squad would show a lot of heart as they scrapped their way to a win by hustle and using the clock in late possessions forcing the Patriots to foul and then making their free throws.
Coach Mills commented: “I’m very proud of the poise and confidence our younger players showed as they stepped up and lead their team to our fourth conference win.”
Jordan Pittman had a game-high 22 points for the Warriors while Brock Lambert led Heritage with 17 points.
NLCA now stand at 14-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
NLCA 26 16 8 15 65
Heritage 10 9 20 19 58
NLCA Scoring: Cameron Mills 10, Jordan Mills 14, Mack Leonard 13, Noah Gelo 1, Jordan Pittman 22, Hunter Bullock 5.
Heritage Scoring: Caleb Greene 14, Brock Lambert 17.