-After forcing Watervliet into turnovers on their first four possessions of the game and jumping out to a 13-0 lead it looked as though Mekeel Christian were going to coast to an easy victory in this non-league clash. Especially since Watervliet had played a tough Colonial Council game last night and was on short rest. This however wasn't the case. In a game that featured 8 lead changes ,and multiple scoring runs by both teams, Mekeel Christian squeaked by Watervliet 61-60 at the Albany Armory on Saturday afternoon.
-After the quick Mekeel start Watervliet bounced back with a 19-5 second quarter advantage to grab a 30-26 lead at the break. The Cannoneers held the Lions to one made field goal in the 2nd quarter.
-Watervliet continued to lead throughout the third period and held a 43-38 advantage with under a minute left in the period. From that point on Mekeel grabbed control of the contest going on a 13-2 run giving them a 6 point cushion, 51-45, midway through the final period. The Cannonneers were able to cut the deficit to 1 point a couple of times throughout the last four minutes of the game but they never could regain the lead.
-Osvaldo Dejesus led the winners with 21 points scoring in a variety of ways and using great body control in the paint. Richard Rollins added 15 points, Joshua Winfield chipped in with 13 points and Alex Barnhill had 10 points.
-Messiah Mallory led Watervliet with 19 points. Khari Croley netted 11 points including a crowd pleasing coast to coast dunk. Derrick Beason added 10 points. J.J. Chestnut chipped in with 9 points and 9 assists.
|Teams||End 1Q||Halftime||End 3Q||Final|
|Mekeel Christian Academy||21||26||40||61|
Win % probability during the game.
Full game video highlights
broken down by team & players.
(Click team logo)
|Watervliet||Mekeel Christian Academy|
|Watervliet||Messiah Mallory #23||19|
|Watervliet||Khari Croley #35||11|
|Mekeel Christian Academy||Osvaldo Dejesus #5||21|
|Mekeel Christian Academy||Richard Rollins #21||15|
|Watervliet||Lead Changes||Mekeel Christian Academy|
|0||*** Mekeel Christian Academy: Joshua Winfield #3 2 PT FG MADE [1Q 07:33] ***||2|
|24||*** Mekeel Christian Academy: Osvaldo Dejesus #5 2 PT FG MADE [2Q 02:10] ***||26|
|27||*** Watervliet: Derrick Beason #2 3 PT FG MADE [2Q 01:45] ***||26|
|32||*** Watervliet: Khari Croley #35 2 PT FG MADE [3Q 05:50] ***||30|
|36||*** Watervliet: Messiah Mallory #23 2 PT FG MADE [3Q 03:19] ***||34|
|38||*** Watervliet: Messiah Mallory #23 2 PT FG MADE [3Q 02:39] ***||36|
|39||Watervliet: J.J. Chestnut #3 FT MADE [3Q 01:42]||38|
|45||Mekeel Christian Academy: Alex Barnhill #23 FT MADE [4Q 05:48]||46|
Game flow chart:
By Ed Bemiss