It was a snow day at Western Michigan Christian Friday, but the Warriors had no trouble getting up for their first conference game against the visiting Covenant Christian Chargers.
WMC fed it inside to center Bernard Smith early, before their guards got hot from the perimeter in the third quarter, pulling away for a 71-57 victory.
“We were so pumped,” said Smith who was a monster inside with 38 points and 18 rebounds on the night. “We were ready to go to war. They’re a good team. They can shoot the lights out.”
That’s just what Covenant did in the first quarter.
It was a fast-paced, high-energy contest from the very beginning. Both squads employed man-to-man defense the full length of the court, with their guards looking to push the pace after long rebounds and forced turnovers.
Smith scored the game’s first two buckets, giving the Warriors a 4-2 advantage, but Covenant answered with two from downtown to jump ahead 8-4.
The teams traded baskets before Smith scored the next four points, tying the game at 10.
The Chargers hit their third three of the quarter on the next possession, and it looked like the quarter would end with a 13-10 Covenant lead.
WMC coach Kyle Mastenbrook called timeout to try and get his squad one last good look.
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