Covenant Academy and Creekside already had played three times before they played Saturday night for the GICAA championship.
The first time they played, Creekside won in the 50s. The past two games were played with the Covenant scoring in the 70s, and the Rams won both of those games.
But Creekside slowed down Saturday’s game, stuck to a 1-3-1 zone for the entire game and came out with the championship, 42-30. Creekside outscored Covenant 19-6 in the fourth quarter to get the win.
THREE WHO MATTERED
Emmanuel Griffin: He led Creekside with 11 points and six rebounds.
Kayden lane: He led Covenant with nine points and seven rebounds.
Khristian Tate: The Georgetown football signee scored five of his seven points in the second half and also had five rebounds and two steals.
Covenant looked like it was ready to take over in the third quarter and led 24-23 heading into the final quarter but could not come up with an answer to the 1-3-1 zone played by Creekside the entire game. Meanwhile Creekside got to the free throw line in the fourth quarter and made 10-of-13 down the stretch to break open a close game.
Cold shooting does in Covenant: Covenant had only eight field goals in the game and shot 2-of-15 from the 3-point line.
THEY SAID IT
Covenant coach Matt Chambless on his team’s performance: "It was a bad time for our worst game of the year. We thought maybe they would play zone against us because the first three games were both teams playing man to man. We just did not execute what we had worked on. I feel bad for the seniors of course, but we will be back in the gym soon and try to learn from this game."