Raequan Gregg poured in a game-high 29 points Friday as the Coastal Christian Cougars topped the Carolina Chargers 56-38 at home.
Gregg scored nine points in the first quarter on 4-of-4 shooting but it was the Cougars' defensive pressure that broke the game open in the first half.
Coastal Christian (3-3, 1-1) limited Carolina to just six points in the second quarter, while it tallied 20 of its own to open a 35-19 halftime advantage. After allowing Carolina to shoot 55 percent in the first quarter, Coastal limited the Chargers to just 22 percent shooting in the second.
“We were really happy with the intensity and effort we gave early,” Coastal head coach Robert Wooley said. “Our press was good. We tried to do that as much as we could just to get the intensity started high. After a long break we wanted to make sure we were in the game and focused.”
Carolina answered with its own defensive stand and climbed back within eight by allowing Coastal just four points off one field goal in the third quarter. The Chargers came as close as seven points early in the fourth quarter before Gregg ended the rally with a three from the wing that sparked a 6-0 Cougars run. Coastal's senior leader scored 10 points in the final frame, while junior Seth White added six. Gregg handed out assists on all three field goals that he didn't score in the final frame.
“We expect those guys to lead the team in those times,” Wooley said. “Third quarter, we kind of took a little hit but those guys really focused the team and kind of got us back on track. We trust (Gregg) one-on-one against anybody and when he's hitting shots and collapsing the defense, it opens up shots for other people and makes it a lot easier for the team.”
White finished with 14 points, while Sam Fletcher added five for Coastal. Hunter Bohon scored 10 points and Shane Johnson added nine to lead Carolina. The win comes in the Cougars' first game in three weeks.
“It's good to get a win and get back out here and compete,” Wooley said. “We have a really tough couple of games coming up and I think it was important for us to get out here tonight and get back in a rhythm.” Follow @fjmansfield //