Off to an 0-3 start in the MIAA B Conference, Chapelgate Christian Academy faced a must-win situation as it hosted Indian Creek School, Wednesday night, if it hoped to climb back into the playoff race in the league.
Chapelgate had to overcome an early 7-2 deficit, but turned up its defensive pressure to limit the Eagles to just three second quarter points while building a 23-15 lead. The lead continued to grow in the second half, reaching 15, at 47-32, with 3 minutes, 59 seconds to play.
Indian Creek, however, staged a furious late rally, pulling within two with just 10 seconds remaining, but could not complete the comeback as Malik McKinney missed a pair (the second intentionally) of potential game-tying free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. McKinney led all scorers with 21 points.
Jason Murphy, who led Chapelgate with 15 points, sealed the win when he came down with the final rebound. He had 10 boards in the contest.
Chapelgate (7-11 overall) is now 1-3 in the league and in fifth place in the Red Division of the B Conference, but just one full game out of first place. Indian Creek (4-9, 2-2) is one of four teams tied for the top spot.