For a quarter, host Millennium Charter Academy was able to hold its own with a taller and more experienced Surry Homeschool team in a Monday night basketball showdown in the MCA gym.
After that, nothing seemed to go right for the Lions in what became a 67-24 defeat.
Millennium was whistled for a technical foul to start the second quarter, as the Lions had accidentally subbed a player into the game at the start of the period without him reporting to the scorer’s table. The Runnin’ Patriots’ Jordan Gottfried stepped to the line and sank both free throws, and the rest of the evening was all Surry.
After the technical foul shots made it 13-8 in favor of the visitors, they proceeded to go on a 13-1 run that was only broken by a short jumper in the lane by Tristan Jester with 4:17 left before intermission. Unfortunately for the Lions, the Patriots followed up with another run, this one a 15-3 skein that lasted the remainder of the first half. The only points for MCA in the rest of the quarter came on a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Kaine Lovill with 1:50 to go.
In the meantime, Surry Homeschool and its fans had plenty to cheer about, including an old-fashioned three-point play by Logan Anderson, and later, a dunk by 6’7” center Luke Childress that had the Patriots’ rooters on their feet. Still, to their credit, the spectacle didn’t discourage the undersized Lions, who immediately answered with Lovill’s trey.
The first half was all that the Lions, who entered the game with six freshmen and three sophomores on their 11-man roster, had to give. Surry outscored Millennium 19-0 in the third quarter. The Runnin’ Patriots cleared their bench in the fourth quarter and the home team managed to reduce its deficit, but it was too little, too late.
Anderson led Surry Homeschool with 21 points. Childress added 14, Gottfried 12, Joshua Eacho 11, Graham Clayton five, Trey Lowell two, and Joshua Bunke two.
For Millennium Charter, Lovill and Jester led the way with 11 each, including three 3-pointers for Lovill. Jared Zuniga scored the only other basket for the Lions.The game was only the second of the season for Millennium, which opened the season last Tuesday night with a game at Cedar Forest Christian School, losing 45-37. The Lions will take the rest of the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Cedar Forest.Surry, which had already played several games since opening its season in early November, is also off for the holiday and will play again on Nov. 29 against Morganton Home Educators in the Surry home gym at the Armfield Center in Pilot Mountain.
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