Stepping into the postseason, the Crosspoint Christian School basketball Cougars won their first-round Metro Athletic Conference Tournament game last Tuesday over Eagle Ridge, 62-44.
The Cougars (18-3) defeated Rivers of Life, 45-43. The Cougars had lost to Rivers of Life last week. Crosspoint is scheduled to play Tuesday against Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis for the title.
The game was postponed from Saturday due to ice.
The Cougars bounced back from a two-loss week by beating Eagle Ridge of Cape Girardeau in the opening round.
“I was pleased with how we played defense as a team,” Head Coach Scott Weldy said. “We played well together and shot well, too.”
Crosspoint had a one-point lead before AJ Nantz hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer of the first quarter to make it 17-13 for the Cougars.
Crosspoint used that momentum to outscore Eagle Ridge in the second quarter, 23-13, to lead at the half, 40-26. Crosspoint was up 57-34 after three quarters.
Four players reached double digits in scoring. Nate Davis and Nantz scored 15 points apiece while Sam Coons netted 14 points and Nic Blocker added 11.
Nantz made it a double-double with 10 assists. He also had seven rebounds and one steal.
Davis also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Coons pulled down eight rebounds with three blocked shots and a steal. Blocker also had three rebounds and one blocked shot.
Luke Aholt scored three points with two rebounds, an assist and a steal. Clay Williams had two points, three rebounds and an assist. Isaiah Weible added two points, two rebounds and an assist.
David Coroama contributed five rebounds and an assist.
Rivers of Life
In Thursday’s game, Rivers of Life led 11-8 after one quarter, but Crosspoint tied it 21-21 by the half. It was 33-30 for Crosspoint after three quarters.
Coons led Crosspoint in scoring with 14 points. Nantz was next with 11. Blocker scored eight points, Davis added six, Aholt netted four and Coroama had two.
Coons was the rebounding leader with 10. Nantz had seven boards, Blocker chipped in with six, Davis had four, Aholt and Williams each had two and Coroama added one.
Nantz had seven assists while Coroama was the steals leader with three.
Nantz and Coons each blocked two shots.