What Greater Grace Christian Academy's boys basketball team lacked in size, it made up for in quickness.
What Rock Church Academy lacked in speed, it more than made for in team size.
In a battle of height against speed last night, height won as Rock Church rose to the occasion in the second half to claim a 55-53 victory in the Maryland Christian Athletic League tournament championship game at Essex Community College.
"With their size, we knew we had to beat them down the floor," said Greater Grace coach Pat Crotty, who dropped two regular-season games to the Victors. "We wanted to make them run down the floor because that's the only thing they don't do well. We were that close to breaking it open, but they adapted to our press and killed us on the boards."
The Greyhounds (15-8) opened up a 23-13 first-quarter lead and led by as many as 16 in the second quarter. The Greyhounds took a 33-17 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the half, but saw that margin dwindle to seven, 33-26, following a three-pointer by Chet Morris and a follow-up by 6-5 junior Rob Butler.
Jimmy Cater and Joel Brown shared high-scoring honors for the Greyhounds with 18 points apiece.
Greater Grace, which was making its fourth final appearance in as many years in the league, experienced another scoring drought in the closing minutes of the third quarter, which enabled the Victors to take 45-40 lead into the final period.
"We really came out flat and I think that's because we haven't played a game this intense in a while," said Rock Church coach Scott McGregor. "Finally, we got it clicking and they pulled it together. That's what they've done this year. Whenever they really needed to, they pulled it together."
In the girls final, Sheree Miller tallied a game-high 23 points to lead Lanham Christian School to a 40-19 win over New Life Christian of Frederick.