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CCA beats Lee-Scott

Class A Central Christian knocked off its sixth Class AAA victim in a 52-48 win over No. 4 Lee-Scott on Friday in the Pepsi Classic at Morgan Academy.

“It’s a big win for us,” said CCA coach Carl Rawls. “It’s a major confidence booster.”

It was also a come-from-behind win for the Warriors.

They fell behind early due to a 16-0 run sparked by the hot shooting of Hayden Gunter. The Eagles took a 20-7 lead. Gunter started the run with three straight 3-point shots.

Lee-Scott led for the entire second quarter and most of the third, but Central Christian slowly clawed its way back into the game.

“I keep telling my guys, basketball is played in spurts,” said Rawls. “We’ve got to play hard.”

A Bryant Rawls layup at the 3:32 mark gave the Warriors their first lead since the 4:10 mark of the first quarter.

A Keevan Woods layup at the end of the third quarter broke a 31-31 tie and triggered a 12-0 Central Christian run that put the Warriors ahead 43-31.

“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Central Christian,” said Lee-Scott coach Chad Prewett. “They made that run in the (fourth) quarter, and we didn’t answer. When we decided to make a run it was too late.”

Lee-Scott closed the deficit to two points twice in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors hit their free throws at the end to seal the game.

Rawls led the Warriors with 19 points, and Wesley Bell added 13.

Gunter led Lee-Scott with 12 points, and Micah Poynter added 10.

Central Christian plays Morgan in the tournament’s championship game at 1:45 p.m. Lee-Scott takes on Fort Dale for third place at 11:15 a.m.