Falcons make Hoops for Hope a success
Lee Christian raised donations and prayer to fight cancer with its second annual Hoops for Hope Night Monday night, so the quadruple-header of hoops was a certain success, even if the visitors from Crossroads Christian spoiled part of the evening for the home side.
The Colts from Durham scored the last 17 points of the boys' varsity game to change a close contest to a 55-34 win in a Carolina Christian Conference game.
Lee Christian's girls' basketball team made it back-to-back CCC wins with a 46-43 win over Crossroads.
Admission, concessions, t-shirt sales, raffles and extra donations throughout the afternoon and evening will go to the American Cancer Society, along with the efforts of a Lee Christian team at the Relay for Life of Lee County in May.
With some of Monday's proceeds still to be added up, the Falcons presented a check for $1,750 to fight cancer and support those with cancer during halftime of the night's last game. Last year's Hoops for Hope and Lee Christian Relay for Life team raised more than $3,500.
Perhaps more meaningful than money gathered, the Falcons and Colts honored and prayed for cancer survivors and family members of survivors in a ceremony on the court between games.
In the boys' game, the Colts led most of the way but didn't put the game out of reach until the last couple minutes.
The Falcons got out to an 8-5 lead, with senior forward Kevin Kemp scoring five points, but also picking up three fouls, in the first six minutes of the game.
Kemp played only a few more minutes the rest of the way because of foul trouble. Both sides fought through foul trouble but in largely losing Kemp, the Falcons lost one of their main scorers and a strong player inside.
Crossroads led 23-18 at halftime to stretched its advantage to 31-22 on a three-pointer by Zach Reeves nearing the end of the third quarter.
Freshman center Braxton Deikhoff scored four straight Falcon points, two at the foul line and two with a long baseline jumper, cutting the Colt lead to five points.
Reeves answered with another three-pointer and Crossroads kept going to a 36-26 lead going to the fourth period.
A three-point play by Deikhoff, off a rebound and short stick-back shot, helped Lee Christian chip back within a 38-34 Colt lead. Two Colt baskets made it 42-34 with three minutes and counting to play and the Colts pulled away from there.
Reeves led Crossroads with 22 points and Holden Hedgepeth scored 19 points.
Deikhoff led the Falcons with 13 points and eight rebounds. Kemp had six points. Nate Davis had five points and seven boards. Christian Natale had five points and four assists.
The Lady Falcons (8-9, 4-5) and Falcons (2-15, 1-8) played at Grace Christian last night. Lee Christian will host Neuse Christian for CCC games and be holding its 2012-13 Homecoming Thursday with the girls' varsity game set for 6 p.m.