On Friday, January 2, our team was participating in annual Chance Harman Classic – a charity showcase that features some of the best teams in the country and is a way to raise awareness and funds for Pediatric Brain Cancer.
Playing top level competition is nothing new to our team. Challengers have already faced 4 nationally ranked opponents this season prior to Friday’s night matchup but never were we able to come as close to getting a victory against a team of such a caliber.
Cape Henry took an early double digit lead and was controlling the game in the first two quarters. At the half Mountain Mission was losing 48:33 and that lead grew to as many as 18 points in the 3rd quarter. Challengers, however, did not want to go down easily that night and were fighting back slowly narrowing the deficit. Down by 10 with 4 minutes left in the game Mountain Mission kept fighting and eventually was able to tie the game at 72 with 30 seconds left in the game. Cape’s standout forward, Chris Clarke (Virginia Tech signee) made only 1 free throw with 5 seconds left in the game. Down by one point Mountain Mission had a chance to win the game but was not able to capitalize.
Top scorers for the Challengers: Mijakowski – 18, Baruti – 17, Atencia – 13, Walczak – 12.
#7 Cape Henry – 73 : Mountain Mission – 72