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Facing the imposing front line of Sanford Grace Christian, the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team experienced a sluggish second quarter Tuesday night, digging a 19-point deficit at halftime en route to a 54-43 loss.
Wilson Christian (1-2) of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks shot just 27 percent from the floor and trailed 32-12 at halftime.
“We were aware of that coming in,” WCA assistant coach Jordan Skinner said. “It wasn’t the height, but how to attack it. As a result, our offensive shot selections wasn’t the best.”
Julian Steinfeld, a 6-foot-10 center and Allan Taylor, a 6-8 power forward, led the Grace Christian (2-0) front line. Steinfeld led the Crusaders with 15 points as Nathan Yow chipped in 14.
Also plaguing WCA were 21 turnovers and a 6-for-15 effort from the free-throw line. However, the Chargers battled back and trailed 40-30 going into the fourth quarter.
Zach Hunter led the Chargers with 14 points, with Jimmy Forte notching a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Joel Attoe tallied four points and eight boards.
WCA is at Cape Fear Academy on Friday.
GRACE CHRISTIAN (54)
Yow 14, Carver 8, Murr 9, Taylor 4, Steinfeld 15, Cross 2, Bussy 2.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (43)
Forte 10, Grissom 3, Attoe 4, Peele 4, Hunter 14, McFarland 8, Blalock, Murray.
Score by quarters:
Grace Christian 11 21 8 14 — 54
Wilson Christian 7 5 18 13 — 43