Charlotte Catholic Survives A 49-46 Nail-Biter Over Independence

Ralph Johnson (1) drives against the Catholic defense. (Photo by Ron Morris)
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MINT HILL, NC – On Tuesday night at Independence High School the number four seeded Charlotte Catholic Cougars squared off against the number five seeded Independence Patriots.  Catholic battled back from an eleven-point defect and picked up a big win 49-46 in the opening round of the Southwestern 4A Conference men’s basketball tournament. With the win, the Cougars advanced to the semi-round against the number one seeded Butler Bulldogs.  The loss ended Indy’s season with a 12-13 record which might not be good enough to make the State Tournament.

Indy’s head coach Preston Davis said: ”It was disappointing. I thought that we played and I believe we competed.  Unfortunately for us, we made some mistakes here and there, and I couldn’t capitalize on some opportunities that was presented to us.”

It was a tough way to end the season. But like I told them in the locker room, they still had a lot of success this season, something they can learn from. The beauty of it is going forward in their lives, they can look back and learn from the success they had.  Also, they can learn from the mistakes they made.    I’m proud of the efforts this team made this season.  I know it was disappointing but I know they left it all out there on the court.  Proud of them.”Bryce Brooks led the Patriots with 14 points, DeShawn Taylor added 11, Ralph Johnson followed with 10, Sabastian Taylor scored 5, Tosh Alberga 4, and Kameron Jasper 2.

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