Community Christian School improved to 20-10 on the season as the Warriors used a strong second half to turn back Parkview Christian for a 60-40 road win Friday.
It was the first game back after a two-month injury layoff for Kameron Mahaney, who suffered a severe ankle sprain early in the season, and his return came at the right time as the Warriors had an off night on offense.
CCS downed Parkview earlier in the season 80-19 but only had a 22-20 advantage at halftime before Mahaney entered the game and bombed the basket from behind the three-point arc as he went 4-4.
The Warriors’ 21-10 third-quarter surge was followed up by a 17-10 fourth period to secure the victory.
Mahaney’s 16 points led all scorers, and his 75-percent shooting from the field was well above the team’s 39-percent average.
Coach Brian Rodricks is hoping the momentum of CCS’s win will carry over into Monday’s road game against Cornerstone Christian Academy (5-0 TCAF District 1). It will be the third meeting this season between the two teams with the Warriors (4-1) beating the Crusaders 66-36 in tournament play before dropping a 68-41 game to CCA at home.
Friday was the second straight game where poor shooting hurt the Warriors' efforts, and if not for CCS stepping up on defensive things might have gone in the other direction.
Bryce Haralson pulled down 10 rebounds, including eight on defense and the Warriors collected 38 total boards.
Joshua Guzman netted 12 points, passed out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds, and captured three steals. Point guard Luke Knowles had a game-high five steals and scored 11 points. Ethan Hobson ran into foul trouble but still collected five rounds, as did Knowles and Jackson Horton.