Berry would go on to win 68-59
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After winning the girl’s game, Phillip O Berry was looking to get a clean sweep of the South Meck Sabres. The first quarter was dominated by Berry’s big men down low with rebounding and second chance opportunities. Keondre’ Byers crashed the glass multiple times for easy buckets to help the Cardinals to a 19-11 lead after the first quarter.
South Meck found themselves down 28-13 with just over five minutes to go in the second quarter when three straight possessions saw three straight baskets. After a Kamil Chapman bucket and a Khayleb Connelly steal and bucket South Meck found themselves down just six at the half, 34-28.
Coming out of the half South Meck knew they needed to not only score but to play defense on a Berry team that averages 20 points in the third quarter.
It was the Sabres that came out on fire as they scored 22 points in the third quarter while limiting Berry to only 15. Jalen Blakeney and Khayleb Connelly led the Sabres in the second half to bring South Meck to within one at the end of the third.
It was the Berry defense that won the game for the Cardinals. Berry held South Meck to only 11 points in the fourth to lead them to a 68-59 victory.
Keondre’ Byers led the Cardinals with 19 points while Jalen Blakeney led all scorers with 23. Berry will travel to Providence on Thursday for what should be one of the best games on the slate.
South Meck drops to 4-4 overall and will have to get ready for West Meck as they come to town on Thursday.