Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the King Tornado in an 89-61 final on Tuesday evening.
Jalen Lowery led the team with 12 points and was followed by Gavin Sears with 10. Sears and Justice McCullough led the Warriors with six rebounds apiece in the loss. Southern Wesleyan went 23-64 in field goals in the loss and were 6-17 at the free throw line. Javon Hunter led the Warriors with five assists in the loss and the team posted three steals.
Final: King 89, Southern Wesleyan 61
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-12 / CC 0-4), King (9-5 / CC 4-0)
How It Happened
The Tornado struck first in the contest on Tuesday evening with a three-pointer from Je'Don Young. However, the Warriors quickly responded with a layup from Justice McCullough. The King Tornado got on an early lead before the Warriors could answer with a free throw from Javon Hunter and a layup from Zalan Richards making the score 14-6. The Warriors continued to battle as the Tornado remained in the lead. Southern Wesleyan was able to pull within 12 with a jump shot from Kylie Blackett to make it 32-20. Late layups from Gavin Sears and Jeremy Wert were not enough as the Warriors trailed 41-25 at the half.
The Tornado came out strong in the second half scoring less than a minute into the half with a three-pointer. A layup from Jeremy Wert gave the Warriors their first basket in the second half to bring the score to 50-27. Back-to-back shots from Javon Hunter and Justice McCullough put the Warriors just behind 55-34. Both teams fought hard and the Tornado continued to increase their lead. Late shots from Jalen Lowery and Gavin Sears weren't enough as the Warriors fell to the Tornado 89-61.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home to take on the Limestone Saints in Conference Carolinas action on Friday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. They will then hit the road to take on the North Greenville Crusaders on January 10 at 7:30 p.m.