Patriots keep Bears looking for first win
After beginning the season 0-2, with both losses thanks to county rival Jordan-Matthews, Chatham Central's boys basketball team sorely needed a win on Friday night. The first Bear win has to wait though as the Patriots of Providence Grove (2-2) held on to beat the Bears 74-68.
The first quarter was fast-paced, with the teams trading the lead. With 6:19 remaining, Chatham Central called a timeout, trailing 9-4 after the Patriots opened the game with three three-pointers. Two of those threes came from Bryson Beck, who led Providence Grove with 15 points on the night.
Chatham Central attempted to play man defense, but halfway through the opening quarter retreated into a 2-3 zone against the quicker Patriots. The Bears settled into a zone defense for the most of the contest.
Following their timeout, Chatham Central went on a 9-0 run, bolstered by two straight three-pointers from sophomores John Thomas Moore and Matt Clark, to take a 13-9 lead with five minutes still remaining in the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter, the Patriots had rallied to put the Bears down by two, 21-19.
Providence Grove opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run. With five minutes remaining in the quarter the Bears had pulled within two points, 29-27.
After an exchange of baskets, with 56 seconds left in the first half, the score was knotted at 37. The Patriots took a 39-37 lead into halftime.
Chatham Central tied the game at 39 to begin the second half before the Patriots went on a 7-0 run to take a 46-39 lead. After a Bear timeout, the sides traded baskets, and the Patriots’ lead remained at seven, 50-43, with 3:32 left in the third quarter. Chatham Central continued to be aggressive and attacked the basket, but were only able to cut Providence Grove's lead to four, 59-55 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Bears continued to be relentless and were able to cut the Patriots lead to three points, 69-66, with 3:16 left in the game. From there, Providence Grove was able to scratch out a 5-0 run to pull ahead 74-66 with 57 seconds remaining in the contest.
Chatham Central’s Zack Burke, a senior, led all scorers with 21 points. Burke, also, hauled in nine rebounds and had three steals, one block and one assist. Sophomore Matt Clark knocked in 18 points and recorded seven rebounds. Moore and Polson ended the game with 10 points each.
After Beck’s 15 points, Providence Grove was paced by Seth Hardin and Makiah Fox with 14 points each.