Saints succumb to Gators

Published 10:53 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015

The 2014-15 regular season came to a conclusion for the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy boys’ basketball team with a 58-49 home loss to Greenbrier Christian Academy on Friday night.

“The overwhelming issue of the game for us was the 26 turnovers,” NSA coach Chris Prince said. “Take those away, I think we could have easily won the game.”

He said his team played hard, shot the ball pretty well and rebounded it, but these efforts were undone by poor ball handling.

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“A lot of the turnovers weren’t even because of defensive pressure,” he said. “They were just being too casual and careless with the ball.”

But there were bright spots for Nansemond-Suffolk during the night, which was Senior Night for the team.

“All five seniors scored, so I was glad that happened,” Prince said.

C.J. Patterson led the Saints with 14 points, Keith Cooper added 10 points, Drew Corrigan had four, Punit Barot had three and Alberto Smith had two.

NSA finished the regular season with an 8-14 overall record and went 2-7 in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools.

Prince said his team had two goals this season — win more games than last year and qualify for the conference tournament for the first time since 2011. It succeeded on both fronts.

“And our reward for doing that — we get to play one of the best teams in the country again,” Prince said, referring to No. 1-seeded Cape Henry Collegiate School.

The No. 8 Saints will visit the Dolphins (25-2, 9-0) on Tuesday in the first round of the conference tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.