CHARLESTON--The 15-1 Charleston Bluejays spotted the visiting Scott Central Braves 16 points before storming back to take a 73-66 win Friday night.
The 'Jays, who played without the services of starting guard Marcus Biles, who is out with an ankle injury, hit a dozen trifectas with Trentez Lane's five leading the team. Lane was the game's leading scorer with 21 points overall. Joshua Strayhorn got into double figures with 20.
The first period belonged totally to the visitors as Scott Central's Andrew Pullen garnered eight of his team-high 20 in the quarter. The Braves' defensive scheme worked well in the early going as they packed the middle and denied the ball from the big men of Charleston.
Chris Pullen and Chris Monroe stopped the Charleston offense time and again in the opening minutes. The Bluejays remained scoreless until Joshua Strayhorn's trifecta with 2:38 left in the quarter. Meanwhile Daniel Holman and Jeremy Porter combined for 12 points, many on fast breaks. Scott Central led 22-6 after one.
Lane led the way back for Charleston in the second period, canning four 3-pointers and two free throws. Five of his points came with under a minute left before half. At the 2:27 mark, Scott Central still led by a 32-16 count, but from there Charleston went on a 13-4 run to make the score 36-29 at the half.
"We started kind of slow, but Scott Central played well in the first half. This is the first time we played without Biles, and he normally gets us going. I was happy the kids responded. We got down by 20 and probably could have quit, but kept playing. It's another learning experience," said Charleston head coach Danny Farmer.
Charleston started the third quarter just as they had finished the second. At the 4:42 mark of the period, in the midst of a 12-4 run, Ashton Farmer's bucket put the Jays on top 41-40 for their first lead in the contest. They never lost the lead from there. Charleston outscored the Braves in the stanza 26-11 to lead 55-47 going into the final frame.
Scott Central featured a balanced scoring attack placing four players in double figures. Chris Pullen, Daniel Holman, and Jeremy Porter netted 16, 14 and 13 respectively to go with Andrew Pullen's 20.
In the fourth quarter, the Braves outscored the Bluejays, but fell short of the major upset.
Charleston will visit Kelly on January 27th for their next encounter. Scott Central, who falls to 5-9 on the season, will compete in the Scott-Mississippi Tournament starting Monday.