Sunday, February 15, 2015

Varsity Men Claim Coastal Rivers Conference Tournament Title

Varsity Men

The Varsity Men's basketball team claimed the Coastal Rivers Conference Tournament Title on Saturday, February 14 with a 77-38 victory over Fayetteville Christian. The Crusaders' 39 point victory featured quite possibly the team's best performance of the season. HCA jumped out to an early 27-8 advantage heading into the second quarter. The Crusaders would not look back by completely dominating all across the court. The athleticism and pressure by the Crusaders led to an eventual 77-38 victory over the Warriors. The Crusaders balanced scoring attack produced four players who scored in double figures. CJ Kirchoff led the way for the Crusaders with 24 points. Quate Mckinzie dominated all over the court by recording 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Mckinzie shot 8 for 8 from the field. Marcus Scarborough totaled 13 points followed by Donta Chavious with 11 points. Tyshii Scarborough, the glue to the Crusader offense, dished out 9 assists throughout the course of the game. The Varsity Men's hard work all year paid off resulting in a 19-4 (12-0) overall record heading into the NCISAA Division II State Playoffs. The Crusaders head into the state playoffs as a #12 seed. HCA travels to Fayetteville on Tuesday, February 17 to take on #5 seeded Freedom Christian. 

In regards to playoff seeding: All teams are judged by this criteria

40- Head to head
25- Common Opponent
15- Wins against tournament teams
12- Strength of Schedule
8- Late Season Performance

The Crusaders did not beat any teams that made the tournament. Heading into the conference tournament the Crusaders were looking for a #8 seed. After the Crusaders' seeding rep saw that being a #8 seed would mean the Crusaders would play #1 seed Northside in the second round the Crusaders' seeding rep began searching for other options. Now for consideration for the #10 or #11 seed, the Crusaders would be forced to travel to Asheville instead of the final compromise of Fayetteville. Head Coach Clayton Hall felt it would serve his boys better to take on a Freedom team that they have already played against resulting in the #12 seed.

Here is complete in depth analysis on all of the teams in the playoffs:

#1 Northside Christian(22-5)
Wins - Davidson Day, @ First Assembly, Calvary Baptist, Gaston Day (3) (MAC Champ)
Loses - First Assembly
Upcoming - 
* NCA has head to head, common opp and late season over GDS

#2 Gaston Day(22-8)
Wins - Freedom Christian, @ Westchester, Asheville Christian, First Assembly (2)
Loses - @ Davidson Day, @First Assembly , Northside Christian (3)
Upcoming - None
* GDS has head to head and late season over CFA

#3 First Assembly(22-8)
Wins - Freedom Christian, Gaston Day, @ Northside Christian, @ Davidson Day, Westchester, Calvary Baptist
Loses - Northside Christian, Gaston Day (2)
Upcoming - None
* CFA has head to head over DDS and Common Opponent

#4 Davidson Day(20-9)
Wins - Gaston Day, Calvary Baptist (2), Carolina Day (2)
Loses - Northside Christian, First Assembly, Westchester, Asheville Christian,
Upcoming - None
*DDS has common opp, SOS and wins vs tourney teams over FCA

#5 Freedom Christian(20-6)
Wins - @ Village Christian, Carolina Day, Cary Christian, @ Harrells Christian,
Loses - @ Gaston Day, First Assembly, Village Christian
Upcoming - None
* FCA has common opp and late season over VCA

#6 Village Christian(18-12)
Wins - @ Asheville Christian, @ Carolina Day, @ Freedom Christian @ Calvary Baptist, @ Cary Christian
Loses - Freedom Christian, Cary Christian
Upcoming - None
*VCA has head to head and SOS over ACA

#7 Asheville Christian(20-6)
Wins - Davidson Day, Cary Christian, Carolina Day (2)
Loses - @ Gaston Day, Village Christian
Upcoming - None
*  ACA has wins over tourney teams on WCDS and SOS with win over Rabun Gap. Tied for common opp and late season performance.

 #8 Westchester Country Day(18-6)
Wins - Davidson Day, Calvary Baptist,
Loses - Gaston Day, @ First Assembly
Upcoming - None
* WCDS has late season and SOS over CCS
 #9 Cary Christian(16-9)
Wins - @ Harrells Christian, @ Village Christian (EPIC Champ)
Loses - Freedom Christian, Carolina Day, Asheville Christian, Village Christian
Upcoming - None
* CCS has wins over tourney teams, late season and common opp over CBDS and CDS

#10 Calvary Baptist(8-18)
Wins - Carolina Day
Loses - Northside Christian, @ First Assembly, Village Christian, Davidson Day (2), Westchester
Upcoming - None
*CBDS has head to head over CDS

#11 Carolina Day(16-13)
Wins - @ Cary Christian
Loses- Freedom Christian, Davidson Day(2), Village Christian, Calvary Baptist, Asheville Christian (2)
Upcoming - None
*CDS has common opp over HCA with their win over CCS as well as wins over tourney teams.
#12 Harrells Christian(18-4)
Wins - None (CRC Champ)
Loses - Cary Christian, Freedom Christian
Upcoming - None

Crusader Regular Season and Post Season Awards

Varsity Men All Conference Team Members for the Crusaders:

Quate Mckinzie
Tyshii Scarborough
Marcus Scarborough
CJ Kirchoff
Spencer Cooke

Varsity Men All Tournament Team Members for the Crusaders:

Quate Mckinzie
Tyshii Scarborough
Marcus Scarborough
CJ Kirchoff

2014-15 Coastal Rivers Conference Player of the Year:

Quate Mckinzie

2014-15 Coastal Rivers Conference Tournament MVP: 

Quate Mckinzie

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