Benton Academy’s boys basketball team won a thrilling 51-50 nail-biter against Central Holmes Christian School on Friday night.
The Trojans of Central Holmes put up a strong fight, but Benton was able to hold on for a one point victory.
Benton Academy head basketball coach Ralph Vanlandingham feels that it took every single player doing his job for the Raiders to come up with a win over the Trojans.
“We were really balanced in our scoring,” Vanlandingham said. “It was a total team effort. That’s what I told our guys in the locker room. If it hadn’t been a total team effort, we would not have won that game. It was a fast-paced game between two good teams. They may be as good as Canton.”
Roger Hancock led the way offensively for the Raiders with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Wyatt Street filled up the stat sheet in the winning effort, scoring 12 points with four rebounds and five assists.
Senior guard Kendall Prescott was able to add 10 points to the winning effort.
Gage Pierce had a monster game on the board with 14 rebounds to go with his eight points.
John Michael Graham rounded out the scoring for Benton’s starting five with seven points.
The Raiders will enjoy a lengthy Christmas break, but according to Vanlandingham, it will not exactly be relaxing.
“We’re going to start back practicing next week,” Vanlandingham said. “We’re going to get in a lot better shape next week. There’s going to be a lot of drills and running next week. We’ll be ready to make a run at the end of the season.”
Benton will return to the court on January 5 against Tri-County Academy.