On short rest, the Yellow Jackets advance in a late bucket by Bryce Jackson


Less than 16 hours after completing its MIAA B Conference basketball schedule with a win over St. John’s Catholic Prep, Wednesday night, the Chapelgate Christian boys basketball team hustled to Pittsburgh for a 9 a.m. opening round game in the National Christian Schools Athletic Association (NCSAA) National Tournament, Thursday, and once again the Yellow Jackets came out on top.

Bryce Jackson hit a driving layup with just six seconds remaining in the game to lift Chapelgate to a thrilling, 60-59, win over Apostolic ChristianAcademy (OH), the No. 18 team in the NCSAA’s national rankings.

DT Hamilton and Zach Knox led the Yellow Jackets’ offense with 17 points each. Jax Felder netted 13 and Jackson finished with seven.

Apostolic built a lead heading into the third quarter but Chapelgate outscored their opponent 20-12 in the period to claim a 44-42 lead. The fourth quarter was back-and-forth before Jackson delivered the game-winner.

Knox also scored 17 in Wednesday’s 66-55 home win over St. John’s, while Hamilton had 16 and Saihou Mbergan netted 11 points.

Chapelgate (6-5 overall, 2-3 MIAA B) will now rest up while awaiting its second round opponent.