HPCA rolls past SouthLake
It may have been an ugly game to start, but the High Point Christian boys eventually pieced together plenty to escape unscathed.
The Cougars scored 76 points over the final three quarters to overcome a seven-point first quarter to roll past SouthLake Christian 83-41 in a nonconference game Monday at High Point Christian.
“We came out a little sloppy, didn’t make a couple easy shots that hurt our confidence, but we got it going as the intensity picked up,” HPCA coach Brandon Clifford said. “We started attacking the rim a little stronger (in the second quarter). We missed some easy shots we normally have. When you do that multiple times, guys start being unsure and short-arming the ball. We just had to more aggressive, especially around the rim.”
Mike Kobani led with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (16-3), ranked No. 3 in last week’s NCISAA 3A poll. Jackson Kent also had 13 points followed by Chuck Ogbodo with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Malik Wright with 10 points.
After a first quarter in which it made just 2 of 12 from the field and trailed 11-7, HPCA, at points keyed by intense fullcourt defense, scored on its first five possessions of the second quarter to lead 19-14 and finished the quarter strong with a 16-1 run to lead 35-21 at halftime.
“It was a kind of a rough game for us because this weekend we didn’t practice,” said Ogbodo, a UNC Wilmington signee. “We had the game on Friday and then came back today. But I was a little shocked with how we played. And I was mad at myself because I had a couple loose balls, bad plays in the first half. I didn’t like the way I played — but a win is a win.”
The Cougars quickly pushed their lead past 20 and 30 in the third quarter, leading 60-29 heading to the fourth, and finally eclipsed a 40-points lead late in the fourth as they emptied the bench. HPCA returns to PACIS 3A action Friday at Calvary Baptist,
“We did a lot of travelling over the break, and then coming back one week we had Westchester and the next we had Wesleyan, which is a local game that everyone was talking about,” Clifford said. “It’s nice to finally get in a routine with school, class, sleep — all those things. We hope to settle into our groove here down the stretch. It starts getting tougher and tougher, but hopefully we have enough bodies that we’ll be all right.”
Jalen Sanders scored nine to lead SouthLake (4-10) while Bruce Dixon followed with eight.