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WALKERTOWN — In a rematch of last year’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A varsity boys basketball championship game, Wilson Christian Academy, the 2016-17 runner-up, was turned back 51-46 by Sheets Memorial of Lexington in the 2017-18 quarterfinals in the Gospel Light gym on Thursday.
A desperation rally in the final quarter brought the Chargers of head coach Andy Coffman as close as five points before stepping aside with a 17-13 record as the No. 4 East Region seed. Sheets Memorial entered as the No. 1 representative from the West Region.
“We played the best defensive game we’ve played all year,” said WCA assistant coach Jordan Skinner, “but we couldn’t get the stops in the fourth quarter.”
Sheets Memorial took command by outscoring the Chargers 34-19 the middle two quarters. WCA led 9-8 after the opening eight minutes. The Chargers were unabled to capitalize when senior Brady McCullough, Sheets Memorial’s leading scorer, fouled out with four minutes remaining.
Averaging 27 points per game, McCullough was limited to 13 points, his second-lowest total of the season.
But junior Jacob Sink stepped up with 15 points and three other players chipped in with seven points each.
Skinner praised the defensive effort of WCA sophomore Christian McFarland and junior Brice Murray against McCullough. Skinner explained the game plan was not to let McCullough beat the Chargers and expressed pride in the performance WCA turned in against the defending champs.
Junior Jimmy Forte triggered the Chargers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Senior David Peele canned 11 points. WCA careers ended for Peele, Jay Grisson and Joel Attoe.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (46)
Peele 11, Forte 18, McFarland 5, Hunter 3, Grissom 6, Parker 3, Attoe, Murray.
SHEETS MEMORIAL (51)
Livengood 7, Sink 15, McCullough 13, Patale 7, Bosch 7, Duncan 2.
Score by quarters:
WCA 9 12 7 18 — 46
Sheets Memorial 8 21 13 9 — 51