Jackson Horton’s 20 points weren’t enough to turn back a strong Cornerstone Christian Academy squad that used a double-team defense to hold CCS’s top scorer Joshua Guzman to single-digit scoring Tuesday to squeeze out a 68-41 over the Warriors at the Mineral Wells City Gym.
Guzman, who was averaging slightly more than 20 points per game, was held to nine points, and the Warriors (19-10, 3-1) were unable to pick up the slack as the team shot just 26 percent from the field against a taller Crusader team (7-8, 4-0).
Post Ethan Hobson kept the score from being worse than it was by pulling down 11 total rebounds (seven points), including seven on the defensive end.
A 19-5 run to open the game was followed up by a 15-7 advantage by the Crusaders in the second quarter. CCS made better adjustments in the second half, but the lead CCA was too much to overcome for the Warriors.
CCA kept the Warriors out of their game and senior point guard Luke Knowles fouled out of the contest as he drew five of the 15 total fouls against CCS. Knowles did have enough time on the court to pass out three assists.
Despite poor shooting, CCS maintained great ball control turning over the ball just eight times. Bryce Haralson didn’t have many opportunities but was 100-percent from the field and line for five points.
CCA moves into first place in TCAF D1 District 1 and leaves the Warriors in second place. CCS has already claimed a playoff berth, but Coach Brian Rodricks is still looking to lay claim to at least a share of the league title.
The Warriors travel to Parkview Christian Friday, looking for win number 20.