In a game of runs, Carroll was able to make the last and most important stand, holding off Wayne 51-46 in the final quarterfinal boys game of the SAC Holiday Tournament. Thursday evening’s game was evened out by the presence of Wayne’s Craig Young, who played his first game of the year a day prior.
The battle between Young and Carroll’s David Ejah was the focus from the tip, won by Ejah. The pair battled back and forth through the first half as a mirror of the game itself. Carroll built up a ten point lead at 20-10 as Ejah carried the offensive load.
Wayne fired back on the hand of Michael Redding, who hit a pair of three pointers in the closing minute of the first half. The Generals were able use his hot shooting to send the game to halftime tied at 26.
Both teams found a rhythm from outside in the third quarter as Young exchanged triples with Carroll's Dan McKeeman and Richie Gross. Things stayed even on more three pointers from different faces down the stretch, but once Carroll took the lead back with two and a half minute to play, they did just enough to finish the game and advance to tomorrow’s semifinal against Homestead.
Ejah led Carroll with 18 points and McKeeman scored 12. Young led Wayne and all scorers with 23, matching the scoring total high for this year’s tournament.