By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent
Pickens Academy fell behind 11-0 to Columbus Christian in the opening round of the Columbus Christian Christmas tournament and pulled closer throughout the game, but ultimately fell to the Rams 64-58.
“Missed layups, missed opportunities, that’s the kind of stuff that gets you beat,” Pickens Academy head coach Jeremy Pate said. “At this point in the season we’ve got to start making those count.”
Columbus Christian jumped out to an 11-0 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter before Travis Dean made a layup to put Pickens Academy on the board with 1:29 left in the first period. Seth Peeks would hit a basket to make the score 11-4 and the Rams led 13-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Rafe Brown made back-to-back baskets to pull the Pirates to within 21-16 with 2:43 left in the second quarter. Two Peeks's free throws would cut the Columbus Christian lead to 23-19, the closest the game had been since it was 2-0. Pickens Academy would go into halftime trailing 27-20.
Peeks hit Dean for a layup early in the third quarter to cut the Pirates’ deficit to 27-22. The Rams pushed the lead back to double digits in the third quarter, however, as a three point basket pushed the Columbus Christian lead to 42-28 with 2:44 left in the game. The Rams led by 13 at the end of the third quarter, with the score 48-35.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.