The Hot Hands
Hendrix, Tejeda power Mid-Atlantic Christian to win
Mid-Atlantic Christian 91 Carolina Christian 73
By Malcolm Shields
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Mid-Atlantic Christian’s Tyler Hendrix scored a game-high 27 points as the MACU men’s basketball team defeated Carolina Christian College 91-73 on Saturday afternoon.
The contest was the finale of the 2017 MACU Mustangs Showcase at Chesson Gym.
The Mustangs (2-3) put on a shooting clinic from behind the 3-point line as MACU converted on 14-of-28 shots from deep.
Overall, MACU shot 45.7 percent from the field in the contest.
The Mustangs held a 26-22 lead in the first half and close the first 20 minutes on a 22-15 run to take a 48-37 lead into the locker room.
Hendrix and Grayson Tejeda, both freshmen, were key in the run for the Mustangs.
In the halftime locker room, MACU coach Allan Harris noted that he talked to his team about playing with a lead.
The coach added when you play with the lead, the team can control the tempo.
“Make sure you control your offense, get good shots,” Harris said.
MACU open the second half with another sizable run to increase its lead to 60-41.
Hendrix, who played his high school ball at Terra Ceia Christian, contributed in the run.
“I came out a whole lot stronger today,” Hendrix said.
It was contrast to Friday’s game, which MACU lost to Montreat.
Hendrix converted on 10-of-18 shots from the field and 7-of-11 shots from the free-throw line in the victory on Saturday.
“He can play any position on the floor,” Harris said. The coach added Hendrix can handle the ball, shoot and can play the post if needed.
“He’s a great addition to the MACU basketball program,” Harris said.
Hendrix likes the fact that the MACU offense is shooter friendly.
“Everybody can shoot,” Hendrix said. “If someone drives, it don’t matter who’s out there. From our centers to our guards, everybody can shoot.”
Five games into the season, Tejeda, from Reidsville, has had a major impact on both ends of the floor at point guard for the Mustangs.
The highlight of the contest for Tejeda occurred in the second half.
After MACU’s Dixon Ogwo picked up a loose ball at the free-throw line on a Carolina Christian turnover, the senior center found a streaking Tejeda down the middle of the court.
With a Carolina Christian defender near by, Tejeda maneuvered in mid-air put the right amount of spin on the layup attempt off the glass and got the shot to fall for the basket.
Chesson Gym erupted in celebration as the Mustangs went up 71-51 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest.
Tejeda finished with 22 points and 11 assists.
“He’s done an outstanding job coming in as a freshman leading the offense,” Harris said of Tejeda.
Leander Williams connected on 5-of-7 shots from behind the 3-point line to score 19 points.
Artavius Love scored 20 points with 11 rebounds for Carolina Christian.
MACU went 2-1 during the annual showcase.
The Mustangs have a tough test on the road coming up on Friday against Chowan.