EPC advances to quarter-finals with win over CRA
EPC (9-3) had 11 different players get in the scoring column as the Warriors beat CRA 71-52 this past Tuesday to advance to the quarter-final round of the boys' Division I bracket in the NEA Invitational Tournament being played at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
Dee Buchanan got EPC on the board first with a jumper in the lane as CRA responded with a jumper to make the score 2-2. Jay Gilmore and Buchanan scored back to back baskets, CRA sored down low before Buchanan drilled a three-pointer for the Warriors and Xzavier Reed got a steal and lay-up for EPC to make the score 11-4 with 3:27 left. The Falcons hit a jumper in the lane, Chanc Gray netted a three-pointer for the Warriors and CRA got a steal and lay-up to make the score 14-8 EPC. Buchanan got a jumper in the lane to fall for EPC, CRA hit a jumper, J'Sebian Brown hit two free throws for the Warriors as the Falcons converted an old-school three-point play to make the score 18-12. Des Barnes hit a jumper in the lane for the Warriors with four seconds left giving EPC a 20-12 lead after one.
EPC got a fast break lay-up from Reed and Brown hit one of two free throws early in the second quarter to make the score 23-12 Warriors as CRA canned a three-ball to make it 23-15 EPC. Brown hit a jumper for EPC, the Falcons connected on a jumper as Reed had back to back scores for EPC to make it 29-17 Warriors with 4:10 left. CRA made a three-pointer before EPC got back to back scores from Barnes and Travis Joplin making it 33-20 Warriors. The Flacons scored down as Jase Whitfield hit one of two free throws for EPC followed by a steal and lay-up form Buchanan and a jumper form Joplin to give EPC a 38-22 lead at the half.
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