Posted On: 12/12/18 12:20 AM

Center Hill was battle tested for the first time this season when Whitehaven had the Mustangs against the ropes, down 51-43 in the third quarter.

Junior guard Matthew Murrell had come alive for the Tigers, scoring 15 points in the first portion of the third quarter to put Whitehaven ahead. Center Hill was in a situation it had never been in until now, staring at a deficit, so how would the Mustangs handle a deficit?

They handled it with composure.

Stifling defense, plus some clutch shots down the stretch from players not named Calvin Temple went in, and Center Hill rallied back to defeat Whitehaven, 64-63 to stay perfect (12-0). This was a statement win for Newton Mealer’s team, which proved his group can play with the best of them.

“We had this one pinpointed, because now people can’t say we didn’t play somebody,” Mealer said. “Now, people can’t say that Center Hill isn’t a good basketball team."

Temple saw double teams for the entire game. The Tigers (7-2) forced his teammates to make shots, and they did. Senior guard Kenneth Lewis was one of them. He made 3 straight 3s to pull the Mustangs within two (54-52).

Lewis started

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