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By Adam Paul

SANTEE – In a battle of two of the best teams in the East County the Christian Patriots and West Hills Wolf Pack played each other in a Horseman Tournament contest and the Patriots came out on top 85-71.

Things got started in the first quarter as the Patriots behind the scoring of Nashom Carter who had 7 points and Isaiah Robinson who had 6 points on 2 three pointers thy were able to outscore West Hills 24-14. The Pack in the second quarter closed the gap a little bit behind Cam Barry and his 6 points to trail 36-29 at the break.

Christian in the third quarter made adjustments and came out gunning as Carter was unstoppable on his way to 13 points in the quarter which allowed the Patriots to extend their lead even further to 63-46.

West Hills attempted to make a comeback in the final period as Barry caught fire hitting a trio of three pointers and 15 points which helped the Wolf Pack outscore the Patriots 25-22. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as four Patriots scored in double digits in the fourteen point victory.

Leading the way for the Patriots was Nashom Carter who scored 30 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished out 6 assists. Other double digit scorers for Christian were Daniel Welch who scored 14 points, Isaiah Robinson with 12 points and Jordan Gaines with 11 points.

For the Pack, Cam Barry led the scoring as he drilled 35 points and added 5 more three pointers to his total, he also collected the double-double as he grabbed an impressive 16 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, 4 steals and even blocked 3 shots. Also in double digits for West Hills was Adam Dillon who scored 14 points on the night.

“We are just learning how to play hard all the time. Jackson Larsen who is a major piece for us at Christian is rebounding very well. As a 6’6” wing he can defend multiple positions while scoring from all three levels. For instance tonight, Carter had it going on early so Larsen committed himself defensively and snagged 10 rebounds with 5 of those being offensive. He will be a nice player when everything comes together for him.” “Another player who has been a pleasant surprise coming into his senior year and is finally healthy is Daniel Welch. He hasn’t played a full season since his freshman year at Horizon. He is averaging a steady 15ppg, 8 Reb. Both he and Larsen are the heart and soul of our team. They anchor the defense and both being 6’6” and 6’5” respectively they can cover a post slide out and move their feet to stay with smaller guards. God willing, we will continue to be healthy and grow as a team while having fun doing it.” Said Patriots head coach Davion Famber about the progression of his squad and also about the evenings contest.

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