A very intriguing matchup to start the season, Grace Christian hit the road to Greensboro to take on the Bengals on Tuesday night.† It was a slow start for both teams, getting a feel and getting into a rhythm. Greensboro Day was able to take the narrow lead early on after the first quarter, 9-3 but Grace Christian started to get their offense going early on in the second quarter. But GDS had an answer right back and were able to stretch the lead to double digits right before halftime, leading 20-8.

In the second half, Grace Christian was able to cut into the lead little by little, eventually cutting it to 25-22 by the end of the third quarter. GDS had a strong showing offensively and defensively in the fourth quarter, which allowed them to extend their lead back to double digits before a late three by Grace Christian, with the Bengals walking away with a 43-34 victory to open the season.

Final: Greensboro Day 43 Ė Grace Christian 34

GDS: Will Otto 18pts, Jagger Emmerson 8pts, Addison Newkirk 9pts
Grace: Steven McLeod 10pts, Noah Kyritsis 11pts, Michael Phillips 9pts

Standouts:

2024 Will Otto (Greensboro Day): Otto is one of the clear leaders for this team and he stepped up both offensively and defensively. Otto was not only able to create well, get into the paint and finish strong through contact or get to the line consistently, but also knocked down key shots all along the way. He finished with 18 points to lead all scorers and really opened the season well in hopes of leading this team.

2025 Addison Newkirk (Greensboro Day): Newkirk was effective and made his presence in key situations throughout this game.  Whether it was making key defensive plays, or finding ways to score and bring versatility to the court, Newkirk had some big moments to help his team secure the win.

2027 Jagger Emerson (Greensboro Day): Emerson had the play of the night with an emphatic throwdown on his defender, but the young freshman was able to make his first start and showcase why he is going to be one of the premier talents for his class. Size and versatility, moves well, looks stronger, and can have an impact in a variety of ways for his team. Scored inside and out at times.

2024 Steven McLeod (Grace Christian): McLeod was who we thought he was on the court; a player who can create havoc defensively, was able to create and get inside the defense, showcase good athleticism and energy, and be a leader for his team. He set the tone throughout and competed, even though shots didnít quite fall all the time in this one.

2026 Michael Phillips (Grace Christian): It was a tough day for the rising prospect, but it was more of an off-shooting night for Phillips. Shots just didnít fall from behind the arc, but he gave you those flashes of him being a big-time player. He can stretch the defense with his range and shot-making, but should only continue to develop nicely, and his length can be a difference-maker on the defensive end, altering and blocking shots as well as on the boards.

2024 Noah Kyritsis (Grace Christian): Kyritsis had a strong showing in this one, stepping up offensively, showing his ability to be a playmaker and create, score off the bounce, and make defenders pay with his outside shot. He senior stepped up big for his team to be a scoring option.