PCA in strong form headed toward playoffs
For Palmetto Christian, it’s about hitting stride at the right time and now’s the time.
The Eagles have won four of their last five games, including three straight in Region II, to climb back above .500 and start tightening their grip on the region championship with the regular season coming to a close next week.
Palmetto Christian (10-9, 7-0) followed up a home win over Holly Hill Friday with a road win over Calhoun Academy Saturday to complete the season sweep of both teams.
Palmetto Christian 51, Holly Hill 30
J.T. Waters scored a game-high 12 points with five assists, Ben German added six points, nine rebounds, and Chris DeMarco turned in seven points, six rebounds to lead Palmetto Christian to the lopsided win Friday.
Palmetto Christian put the game away in the second half, allowing Holly Hill just three points in the third, while they stretched open the margin. The Eagles turned an eight-point halftime lead into a 21-point third-quarter advantage.
The Eagles defense limited Holly Hill to seven points of fewer in each of the first three quarters. The two teams both finished the first half with 14 rebounds, but Palmetto Christian took control of the boards in the second half, outrebounding Holly Hill 18-7.
Joe Siegwald added seven points for Palmetto Christitan. Davis Hutson led Holly Hill with 11 points, while Seth Swank scored seven.
Palmetto Christian 65, Calhoun Academy 44
German and Siegwald both turned in double-doubles Saturday as Palmetto Christian ran away with a road win over Calhoun Academy.
German scored 15 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks, while Siegwald added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. DeMarco scored 15 points, and Waters 11 points, five rebounds.
Calhoun rang up 20 points in the first quarter before Palmetto Christian turned up its defense to allow just two in the second quarter. The Eagles trailed by one point after the first quarter but entered halftime with a 12-point lead after the big swing.
Palmetto Christian maintained its offensive rhythm to seal the win, outscoring Calhoun 31-22 in the second half. Just as it closed the first half, the Eagles defense showed up strong at the end of the second half, allowing Calhoun just eight points in the fourth quarter.
Will Spires led all scorers with 19 points for Calhoun but was the only player on his team in double figures.