The final game of the night, as the host school Charlotte Country Day got it going in front of their crowd against United Faith. Both teams struggled a little early to get it done but that doesn’t mean the energy wasn’t there, as both teams competed hard on both sides. United Faith took the narrow first-quarter lead 12-8 behind United Faith’s Alex Bates, but the guard play was strong for CCDS as well. Charlotte Country Day came out strong to start the second quarter, getting to the line, picking up on defense, and attacking the defense of United Faith. It is what helped them turn a deficit into a narrow lead in the second quarter and retain that heading into halftime, 26-23.
Second half got going and it was others that started to step up for Charlotte County Day to help maintain the lead throughout. Fletcher Bigham started to make big shots from the outside while Carter Alessi, AJ Hewett, and others elevated their game as well. Alex Bates continues to play strong and keep United Faith within striking distance, as CCDS led 48-41 at the end of three. United Faith started to make a push late in the fourth quarter, cutting into the lead and getting it down to as many as two with 2 minutes to go in the game. It started to come down to the wire, with Bates hitting a clutch three with 1:27 to give United their first lead in the second half. JD Bowden went to the line for two late free throws and in the end, it was the defense from United Faith that made it tough for Charlotte Country Day to get a good look at the end, completing the comeback win 63-60.
Final: United Faith 63 – Charlotte Country Day 60
United: Alex Bates 26pts, JD Bowden 10pts, Evan Morton 12pts
Charlotte: AJ Hewett 19pts, Carter Alessi 10pts, Amare Bethel 10pts