Campbell Teams Extend Win Streaks To Five With "Holiday Classic" Wins
On Wednesday, the Campbell Spartans boys and girls basketball programs hosted their annual “Holiday Classic” tournament featuring teams from around the metro Atlanta area participating in the three day event. The final two games on the opening night would feature the Lady Spartans taking on the Carver-Atlanta Panthers followed by the Spartans’ boys team taking on the Northgate Vikings as both Campbell teams looked to extend their current win streaks to five in a row.
The Lady Spartans found themselves up by double digits by the start of the second quarter and despite the fight that the Panthers showed, by halftime, Campbell led Carver 30-17. In the third quarter, Campbell would outscore Carver 17-9, increasing their lead to 21 points and they would continue to control the game on both ends of the court in the fourth quarter as they would once again outscore the Panthers 17-6 in route to a 64-32 win. “We’re still trying to figure stuff out to be honest with you,” Campbell head coach, Randy McClure said after the girls’ win.
McClure noted that with his current roster, the Lady Spartans are essentially a “new team with new possibilities,” however despite working on things he felt the teams needed to work on during Wednesday’s win, “we still have our own situations we have to work out,” McClure said. Campbell was led by Brooke Suttle with 24 points. The Campbell boys team and Northgate would take to the court following the Lady Spartans win over Carver and early on, the Vikings gave the Spartans all they could handle but it would be Northgate down 18-11 by the end of the opening quarter.
Northgate would keep pace with Campbell in throughout the second quarter, still trailing by seven at halftime and as the third quarter got underway, the Vikings would cut the Campbell lead down to five as they trailed 34-27 following a Andreas Seegopaul basket. However, a quick 6-0 run by the Spartans would see them increase their lead to 11 points and by the end of the third period of play, Campbell would lead the Vikings 61-38. Outscoring Northgate 14-11 in the fourth quarter, the Spartans would go on to pick up the 75-49 win as Isaiah Scott led all Campbell scorers with 17 points followed by David Clark with 15 points.
“It’s chemistry, we’re getting decent guard play, low turnovers and just trying to get ready to be prepared for region,” Campbell head coach James Gwyn said after their win in regards to picking up their fifth straight win. Gwyn noted that how the Spartans have been playing the past few games will need to continue in order for them to have the desired success as they get into region play. “We’re going to have to have low turnovers and good guard play and the guards are playing pretty well,” Gwyn added. Both Campbell teams will be back in action at the tournament on Thursday.