Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops took in a highly-interesting matchup between United Faith and Charlotte Christian, as both teams bring some intriguing talent to the floor.
It looked to be a battle between these two teams and that is exactly what we got, with neither team being able to separate themselves from each other and trading leads throughout the game. United Faith held a narrow lead after one, and we ended up tied at halftime.
United was able to retain the narrow 2-point lead after three, as Xavier McKelvy stepped up for his team in the second half. But the young players for Charlotte Christian stepped up, as Cade Nicholson knocked down multiple three’s in the fourth.
It came down to the final seconds. With United Faith held a 1-point lead with seconds remaining, David Lash came up big with a bucket and the foul, hitting the free throw as well. United Faith had a final chance but came up short, with Charlotte Christian securing the 57-55 victory.
Cade Nicholson 20 points
David Lash 15 points
Bryce Cash 12 points
Xavier McKelvy 21 points
LJ Johnson 15 points
Quinton Scheuermann 12 points
2023 Cade Nicholson: The young guard played off the charts and really stepped up, showing his range and hitting some big three’s in the game. Nicholson plays with a tremendous IQ, isn’t afraid of the bright lights, and brings a leadership role to this team.
2021 David Lash: Lash is a terrific role and glue type player that steps up when called upon. He does the dirty work, isn’t afraid to battle down in the paint, and moves well without the ball to create opportunities for himself. Stepped up big with the game-winning bucket.
2023 Bryce Cash: Cash came out strong and made a statement, using his strong frame and athleticism to his advantage. He excelled in getting to the basket and finishing at the rim. Cash continues to expand and develop his game, showing to have that killer-mentality on the court.
2022 Xavier McKelvy: McKelvy was off the charts in this one, even coming back after a late injury to help his team. What is terrific about his game is his ability to change pace and his body control, excelling in getting to the rim and finishing. He was strong and excels in attacking north and south.
2021 Quinton Scheuermann: The big man played one of his better games we have seen this season early on, as he was all over boards, showed good touch around the rim, and finished strong with multiple dunks. Scheuermann embraced contact and was a strong presence in the paint.