ROCKINGHAM — For the boys and girls basketball teams at Temple Christian, their goal of winning the Carolina Christian Athletic Association tournament championships will have to wait a week.
The squads were set to begin tournament play tonight at Scotland Christian Academy in Laurinburg, but the winter weather has pushed back the start. Temple athletic director and girls basketball coach Broderick Hair said the tournament will now begin Feb. 20 to 22.
The Temple girls team captured the CCAA regular title with a perfect 8-0 mark and will receive a bye in the opening round. It is now slated to take the court Feb. 21. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 15-1 record.
Claire Jordan leads the team with a 18.4 points per game average and is pulling down a team-high 11.8 rebounds. Charis Byrd is adding 15.8 points, while Joanna Gould is chipping in with 8.2 points.
The boys squad shared the regular season conference championship with Liberty Christian Academy in Fayetteville. Both teams were 9-1 and split the season series. The Tigers were 17-5 overall and will also play on Feb. 21.
Hair said a coin flip is expected to break the tie to determine which team earns the top seed in the tournament.
Kurth Nelson is averaging a double-double for Temple. The senior is scoring 20.4 points and grabbing 12.5 rebounds a game. Cuentin Bridges is adding 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds, while Greg Hagins is contributing 12.8 points.
Hair added the finalized brackets haven’t been released and he is unsure on the times for the Temple contests in the tournament.
Richmond-Hoke game pushed back again
At this rate, the second basketball clash between Richmond Senior and Hoke this season may not happen.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Jan. 31, but a winter storm forced school officials to postpone those games to Wednesday. Once again, a winter storm caused the games to be pushed back.
Richmond athletic director Ricky Young said the games with the Bucks are now scheduled for Saturday at Raider Gymnasium. The girls will tipoff at 4 p.m., followed the boys games at approximately 5:30 p.m. Young added the junior varsity contests have been canceled.
The Hoke boys have an opportunity to clinch the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a win over Richmond. The Bucks are 6-1 in the SEC and are 12-9 overall. The Raiders are tied for second in the conference with Scotland at 5-3. Richmond are 13-7 on the season and won the earlier clash between Hoke 75-70 in Raeford.
The Richmond girls are 6-2 in the conference and 12-5 overall. The Raiders are two games behind Scotland in the standings. Hoke is 2-5 in the SEC and 4-16 on the season. The Bucks edged the Raiders in the teams’ first contest 57-54.
Young added no decision has been made on Friday’s doubleheader with Scotland.
Baseball scrimmage moved
The winter weather has also forced Richmond’s baseball scrimmage scheduled for Saturday with Union Pines and Jack Britt in Cameron to be postponed.
Young said the scrimmage is now set for 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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