MCS defeats Clarke, wins sixth straightPublished 10:48pm Friday, December 28, 2012
The Meadowview Christian School Trojans pulled away in the second half to capture a 47-26 win over the Clarke Prep School Gators Friday in day two of the Morgan Pepsi Classic.
James Murphy, head boys basketball coach of Meadowview (6-5), said great defense helped the Trojans capture their sixth-straight win this season.
“My philosophy is defense is a key thing to the game. They turned their defensive intensity up and got easy baskets,” Murphy said. “It starts off with the defense and everything goes from there. We’ve won six in a row, lost our first five, but since then we’ve been winning and we’re trying to keep the flow going.”
The Trojans led 24-17 at the half, but increased their lead in the third quarter, as Travis Stacey opened the second half with a 3-pointer that made the score 27-17.
Meadowview’s Dylan Lawrence scored on a layup to increase the lead to 29-17 with 5:30 left in the third.
Clarke Prep’s Trey Larrimore hit a 3-pointer to bring the Gators closer at 29-20, but Stacey responded with a three-point play of his own, as he hit a jumper and converted the free throw after being fouled while shooting to make it a 32-20 game with 3:41 left in the third.
Lawrence added another basket, as Meadowview entered the fourth quarter leading 34-22.
The Trojans held the Gators to only four points in the fourth quarter.
Lawrence had 18 points for Meadowview, while Stacey had 14 points, and Clayton Thorton had 10 points for the Trojans.
Rush Wiggins had 8 points for the Gators.
Meadowview will play again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against South Choctaw in the final day of the Morgan Pepsi Classic.