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WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2019 -- It was a tough weekend in Wheeling, West Virginia for Findlay Prep, while the exact opposite could be said for Sunrise Christian. The former took No. 1 La Lumiere to the wire just eight days ago and had No. 2 McEachern on the ropes less than 24 hours earlier, but looked very little like that team in Saturday’s dismantling at the hands of Luke Barnwell’s squad.
Sunrise Christian capped off a great weekend at the CRC with an impressive (63-32) beatdown of the Pilots. The win followed Friday’s coveted triumph of nationally-ranked Imhotep. The Buffaloes held Rodney Haddix’s team to a season-low in points scored, which is even more impressive considering the game was played with a shot clock.
The Buffaloes jumped on the Pilots early racing out to a 13-3 lead before ending the quarter with an 18-9 advantage. PJ Fuller, a TCU signee, scored six points in the period giving the Nevada-based school a glimmer of hope.
Sunrise continued to extend its lead in the 2nd quarter thanks to a three-ball and two-point hoop from 6-foot-8 senior Jordan Turner, a Baylor commitment. Turner would add another triple and the half ended in fitting fashion as senior Noel Coleman set up classmate Austin Crowley with a pretty lob pass for a jam giving the Bel Aire, Kansas unit a 31-16 advantage.
Barnwell’s team continued to pour it on out of the locker room with UCLA signee Grant Sherfield connecting on a triple try, consensus Top 10 junior N’faly Dante added a bucket as did Crowley and Coleman pushing the margin to 25 points (49-24).
Sherfield notched another three-pointer and Turner, Dante, and 6-foot-10 junior Gethro Muscadin all chipped in 4th quarter dunks. Findlay Prep had just 29 points until senior guard Taryn Todd cashed in a bonus goal in the closing second to break 30.
Dante, earning his second MVP of the weekend, closed out a stellar two-game stretch with 17 points and 13 rebounds along with several blocks and altered shots. The 7-footer protects the rim as well as anyone in the country and proved that once again in front of a host of college coaches and scouts.
Turner totaled 14 points and four boards, Crowley finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, and Sherfield added nine counters.
Todd (12 points) and Fuller (10 points) combined for 22 points in defeat.