Trojans Edge Past Wildcats in Apollo ThrillerSalem's chance to tie the game failed when Chance McCay's three-pointer from the left wing missed its mark in the Wildcats' 54-51 loss at Charleston Friday night.
The two Apollo teams battled each other in a close game all night, with neither squad leading by more than six.
Salem led 8-4 after the first quarter but the teams went into the locker room at halftime tied at 21 as the Trojans warmed up from the perimeter. Charleston took a 40-36 lead into the fourth quarter, built largely on fifteen points from beyond the arch. The 'Cats closed the gap and eventually led by as many as three points in the final frame, but the host Trojans ended up on top of the back-and-forth contest, winning their first Apollo game of the season.
Nick Conklin led Salem with seventeen points despite sitting out the first quarter. The senior had just one point at halftime, but went four-for-five from the line in the second half and continuously drove to the basket. Donte Rush also hit double figures, scoring eleven points. Evan Maxey started and scored nine points while pulling down several rebounds.
The loss is the fifth in a row for Salem, who dips to 3-11 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Wildcats return to action on Friday, January 10 when they travel to Mt. Zion.
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