Christopher punched their ticket to the NCOE regional title game by defeating the hosts

By Steve Dunford 

NORRIS CITY –  In the second half of the season, several teams have discovered the way to beat the high octane offense of the NCOE fighting Cardinals is to slow the ball down and turn it into a half court game.  Hamilton County and Thompsonville were very successful at this.

Christopher outscored the fighting Cardinals 28-12 in the second half Tuesday night,  en route to a 58-32 win.   They punched their ticket to the regional championship game of the Norris City Regional against Webber Township tonight at 7:00 p.m.

The philosophy of NCOE Coach Evan Wylie is to shoot 80 shots a game, and 40 threes, if you get the ball across half court, they will give up an uncontested layup.

The gym at Norris City. The best 1A facility in the south, in my opinion. Thank you Andrew Dunford.

Coach Eric Stallman,  tried running and gunning with the Fighting Cardinals, and Bearcats were only up 20-17 after one.

The Bearcats, uncharacteristically, slowed down the tempo and took a 30-20 halftime lead.

In the third the Fighting Cardinals did not take care of the basketball, resulting in  several Christopher run-outs.  The exclamation point at the end of the quarter were two Bradley Young dunks.  You can see the video of one, on the website’s Facebook Page.  They put the game away, leading 50-28 after three.

The Bearcats took the air out of the ball in the fourth, and the JV teams finished it up for both teams in the last three minutes.

Christopher picked up their 20th win on the season, coupled with eight losses.  Game time for the championship game is 7:00 PM.

Jared Curry had a game high 21 points and Bradley Young added 15 for the win.

Hats off to the Bearcat defense for shutting out sharpshooters Evan Healey and Jack Riggs from behind the arc.

Norris-City-Omaha-Enfield ended the season  at 9-17  They were led in scoring by Jeb Baumgart and Brandon Skaggs with nine points each.

Box Score

NCOE (32) Healy 1 1-2 3, Riggs 0 1-2 1, Skaggs 4 0-0 9, T. Money 0 0-1 0, Richardson 1 0-0 3, Simmons 1 0-0 3, O’Neal 1 1-2 4, Baumgart 3 3-4 9. Brown 0 0 0-0 0, Dauby 0 0 0-0 0, H. Money 0 0 0-0 0, Travelstead 0 0 0-0 0, Melton 0 0 0-0 0,  Team Totals: 11 6-11 32

Christopher (58) Motsinger 2 2-5 6, Young 7 0-0 15, Pratt 3 0-0 6, Hawkins 5 0-0 10, Curry 9 3-3 21, Saeger 0 0 0-0 0, Garver 0 0 0-0 0, Fletcher 0 0 0-0 0, Ingoldsby 0 0 0-0 0, Dorris 0 0 0-0 0, Blankenship 0 0 0-0 0, Weeks 0 0 0-0 0  Team Totals: 26 5-8 58

Three Pointers: NCOE: 4 (Skaggs 1, Richardson 1, Simmons 1, O’Neal 1) Christopher: 1 (Young 1) Fouls NCOE: 11. Christopher 13

NCOE  (9-17)  “17”3″8″4″ “32

Christopher (20-8)  “20”10″20″8″ “58

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