Times-News photo by Jonathan McCoy
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Gate City managed to hang with Christ Presbyterian Academy for a half, but once the third quarter started, the Blue Devils quickly found themselves buried under a flurry of transition baskets.
The Lions outscored the Blue Devils 33-10 in the third period and raced to a 79-40 victory in the first round of the Arby’s Classic on Friday night at Viking Hall.
After an uneven first half, CPA put it all together in the third quarter, using a suffocating defensive effort to generate some easy offense. The Lions quickly turned a 31-23 halftime lead into a 47-29 edge, prompting a timeout by Gate City coach Scotty Vermillion with 4:26 remaining in the third quarter.
The timeout did little good; the Lions outscored the Blue Devils 17-4 to end the third period up 64-33.
Braxton Blackwell, one of the top sophomores in America, blistered Gate City by scoring 22 points, pulling down 18 rebounds, dishing out six assists and grabbing three steals. Jake Allmiller had 20 points for CPA (13-0), and Braxton Bonds contributed 16 points, seven assists and seven steals to the cause.
Dylan Jenkins scored 10 points to lead Gate City (1-1), which shot just 32 percent, went 0-for-15 from 3-point range and turned over the ball 21 times.
CPA will face Peachtree, Ga., a 54-53 winner over United Faith Christian Academy, Saturday night at 9:30. Gate City will face United Faith at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
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