By Travis MountsTSnews
The Campus Colts basketball team rebounded from a tough loss to Andover, the top team in Class 5A, by winning 75-65 at Bishop Carroll, the No. 3 team in 5A. The win improved the Colts' season record to 2-1.
It was a close game from the start. Campus took a 20-15 lead after one quarter, and were up by 4 points at halftime, 33-29. The Colts again outscored the Golden Eagles by 5 points in the third quarter, and worked to maintain their lead the rest of the way.
“I liked our effort. The guys come to work every day to get better,” said Campus head coach Chris Davis. “That was a tough three-game stretch.”
He said the Colts are still developing their identity. They can shoot, but he sees room for improvement on defense and in rebounding. Sterling Chapman had a team-high 13 rebounds at Carroll, but Davis said the rest of the team needs to contribute.
The Colts sank nine 3-point baskets against Carroll, led by Stevie Strong, who went 4-for-9 from long range. Strong was Campus' top scorer with 26 points. He made 8 of 10 free throws.
Chapman and Jayden Hall added 19 each. Hall was a perfect 6-for-6 on 2-point shots, and Chapman went 7-for-10 on free throws.
Overall, the Colts shot 64 percent on 2-point shots and 43 percent on 3-point baskets.
Strong, a transfer, shined in his Campus debut. He brings additional scoring ability to the Colts. Davis said Aiden Sutter is a good shooter, and Young knows how to navigate the open floor. Chapman continues to be the team's spark plug.
“He's willing to do whatever needs to be done. He just wants to be victorious,” Davis said.
Campus is on the road twice this week. The Colts went to Goddard to face the Lions on Tuesday. On Friday night, they head north for a contest with the Newton Railers.
Campus: Stevie Strong 26, Sterling Chapman 19, Jayden Hall 19, Aiden Sutter 7, Zion Young 3, Chris Martin 2.
Andover takes down Campus
The Andover Trojans beat Campus 72-59 on the Colts' home floor on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The Colts came into the game ranked No. 4 in Class 6A, while the Trojans were the top team in 5A. It was the first of back-to-back games against top 5A teams for Campus.
“We were just very uncharacteristic and Andover played great,” said Campus head coach Chris Davis. He said the Colts struggled to rebound and with getting back on transition. He also thought their shot selection was poor.
“We got a little humble pie,” Davis added.
Sutter and Chapman lead the team in scoring, with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Sutter sank four 3-points baskets, and Chapman added three more.
Tuesday's game was the Colts' first loss this season, and their first defeat in more than a year. Campus last lost a game on March 1, 2019, in a 6A substate championship.
Since the start of the 2018-19 season, the Colts have compiled a 43-6 record, and went 23-0 last season. They are expected to be a top contender again in 6A this season.
Campus: Aiden Sutter 18, Sterling Chapman 17, Stevie Strong 10, Andrell Burton Jr. 9, Jayden Hall 7, D'Alessandro Sosa 5.
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