The flowers are starting to bloom.
Freshman Jaydon Young erupted for a game-high 36 points, but Wayne Christian lost 80-78, in non-conference action against Crossroads Christian on Tuesday evening.
Jayquan Curry pumped in 12 of his 19 points in the second half for the Eagles, who dropped their third straight game. Jaylon Wallace scored 15 points, and Jamari Water collected five points.
The Eagles are 10-10 overall, and are 3-4 in conference play.
“It was a battle-tested game,” Eagles head coach Victor Young said. “We’ll see them later in playoffs. It was good competition for us going into the playoffs next week.”
The Eagles were up 20-12 on their third three-pointer of the first quarter before the Colts (12-9 overall) began to run wild in transition. Thomas Townes and Markel Lloyd were the Colts offensive weapons. Townes finished the night with 21 points, while Lloyd scored 19 points.
The Colts managed to close the gap, but going into halftime the Eagles had a 38-34 lead.
By the third quarter, Wayne Christian’s small lead quickly morphed into a 58-51 deficit. Wayne Christian attempted to come back and tied the game 77-77 with just one minute left in the game.
However, Crossroads Christian refused to be denied, as the Colts hit some clutch free throws and held off the Eagles to win the game 80-78. Despite the loss, Young saw a lot of growth from his team and said his team is ready for playoff basketball.
“I saw a lot of stuff from some young guys that I’ll be able to use later on,” Young said. “At the end of the day, this game helped my guys moving forward.”