Following a nail-biter of a game between the Grizzlies and Blue Flashes’ girls varsity teams, the boys’ squads had a tough act to follow.
The homestanding Blue Flashes got the better of the Grizzlies on the girls side, but High Point Academy’s boys evened the score for the evening as they dispatched of Calhoun Falls Charter by a final of 56-43.
Prep Hoops made the trip to the school which is a mere three minutes from the South Carolina-Georgia state line for Friday night’s Region 1-A contest. Here are some noteworthy notes from the night’s action.
It’s Not How You Start, But How You Finish
There is a common maxim throughout basketball that tight games are won and lost in the fourth quarter. If there was a museum for that maxim, January 28 between High Point Academy and Calhoun Falls Charter would be the latest exhibit.
The Grizzlies were clinging to a 38-35 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the Blue Flashes by a mark of 18-8 in the fourth quarter en route to victory.
Notice that 56-43 final score? That tally was almost identical to the final result when these two teams met earlier in the season at High Point Academy.
In that game, though, it was the Grizzlies getting the better of the Blue Flashes with the score being 56-40, proving that this season’s series between the two Region 1-A foes has been kind to whoever was the road villain.
The Blue Flashes have had its winning ways going for much of the season. As of late, it appears coach Shawn Turman’s team has hit a snag in the latter part of the season. Calhoun Falls Charter’s defeat to High Point Academy runs its losing streak to three after earlier defeats to Southside Christian and McCormick.
Threes and Frees …
One aspect of how the game went for both teams was the success, or lack thereof, that High Point Academy and Calhoun Falls Charter had from behind the 3-point line as well as at the free throw line.
The Grizzlies made a total of six triples for the game while the Blue Flashes only had one made shot from downtown. In addition, Calhoun Falls Charter made three shots from the free throw line. High Point Academy had 10 tries and were successful on six of those.
The Grizzlies were paced by a combined 41 points from 2023and 2022 captain . Khan had 21 – including three of High Point Academy’s made 3-pointers. King made a number of plays near the rim and tallied 20 points – 12 of which occurred in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter.
Fred Tatum (2022) was the Blue Flashes’ leading scorer with nine points.(2024) added eight. (2023) started out with a hot hand – seven points, all in the first quarter, before being kept off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
Both High Point Academy and Calhoun Falls Charter will be on the road on Tuesday. The Grizzlies will take on Southside Christian and the Blue Flashes will be at Whitmire. Both teams face the same three opponents to close out the season – Southside Christian, Whitmire and Ware Shoals.