This was one of two big-time matchups in Greensboro, as Greensboro Day welcomed in Cannon. Both teams were going back and forth for much of the first half, trading punches and showing just how much talent each team have.
Greensboro Day used a strong second quarter to create some space, outscoring Cannon 22-13. They were able to take advantage late when Jaden Bradley picked up his third foul. Overall though, Bryce Harris worked hard around the rim on his way to 10 points and 5 rebounds in the first half, while Cam Hayes finished the half off strong with 13 points.
Cannon’s DJ Nix was putting on a clinic early on with 15 first-half points, scoring inside and out. Cannon did struggle from outside, only going 3-for-10 from three and finished shooting 42 percent from the floor.
Halftime: Greensboro Day 35 – Cannon 27
Greensboro Day came out strong in the third quarter, knocking down open shots and playing physical basketball. They also were able to limit Cannon to one opportunity on the defensive end. Eventually, Greensboro day’s lead grew to as many as 16 in the third quarter but Cannon kept the pressure on, pushing the ball in transition and scoring easy buckets late to carve into that lead late and stay within striking distance.
Fourth quarter, Cannon made their push, crawling back into this game and making this one a contest with four minutes left in the game. Led by Jaden Bradley, Cannon turned the tables, creating turnovers and pushing in the ball in transition. They eventually tied the game at 66 with three minutes to go.
Coming down to the wire, the teams traded the lead, coming down to the final seconds of the game.
With Cannon leading by 2 points, it was Cam Hayes that knocked down the game-winning three with 10 second left. Cannon had a chance for the win but the final shot rimmed out.
Final: Greensboro Day 73 – Cannon 72
Greensboro Day: Cam Hayes 26pts, 7rebs/ Carson McCorkle 16pts/ Bryce Harris 14pts, 8rebs
Cannon: DJ Nix 26pts/ Jaden Bradley 20pts, 6asts/ Jarvis Moss 19pts