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David Peele’s senior season goal was to work his way in the starting lineup for the Wilson Christian varsity boys basketball team.
With an injury to senior Joel Attoe, the 6-foot-1 Peele landed that chance.
In his fourth start Friday night, Peele continue to reap the dividends by swishing the nets for eight accurate 3-point shots en route to a career-high 25 points and a 66-47 homecoming conquest of Faith Christian of Goldsboro.
Peele bombed in seven of his first 10 attempts from 3-point land in gunning the Chargers to their third North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region District 3 victory against two losses and to a 10-10 overall mark with their second 2017-18 win against Faith Christian.
The Chargers continue district play at home Monday night against Greenville Christian.
Fueled by Peele, Wilson Christian bombed in a season-high 13 3-pointers. Peele drained four long-range attempts in the opening quarter.
The Chargers rolled to a 20-9 lead after one quarter; opened the second quarter with a 9-0 spree; doubled the score at 50-25 and, despite a sloppy finish, never allowed the Conquerors to draw closer than 17 points.
Peele acknowledged his specialty is the 3-pointer, but admitted: “It has been kind of spotty lately. Tonight, it was there; I was hitting. As a senior, I try to be a leader and I love starting.”
Second-year WCA head coach Andy Coffman explained Peele has drifted away from one-dimensional tendencies by developing a dribble-drive that is becoming a source of increasing confidence.
Coffman declares Peele is responding to a pre-Christmas challenge to accept and enhance his role.
“He’s a shooter,” Coffman assured. “We want to put him in and find out if he’s hot. He was making them tonight. I wish we could be that hot in other games.”
The Chargers owned an 8-5 edge in the opening quarter when they responded with an 8-0 run. WCA opened the second quarter with a three-point play from 6-4 senior Jay Grissom and a 3-pointer each from junior point guard Zach Hunter and junior Jimmy Forte.
Faith, behind Jeremiah Benson, closed the 29-9 deficit to 29-17 before the Chargers pulled away with a 12-0 tear that included a 3-pointer each from Hunter and Peele.
Appropriately, WCA concluded its scoring on a 3-pointer from Bryan Paul.
With liberal substitution in the second half, Coffman anticipated sloppy intervals.
“Our defense could have been better,” Peele admitted, “but we were trying a new defense and trying to get it down.”
Peele also grabbed seven rebounds. He was aided in scoring by Hunter with 13 points, Grissom with 11 and Forte with 10. Hunter dished out a career-high 10 assists and came up with three steals. Christian McFarland grabbed five rebounds.
Benson’s 11 points led the Conquerors.
“It was a good effort overall,” Coffman reviewed. “There were moments when I was not pleased, but we got a win when we should. Our goal was not only to win tonight but to look long-term.
“But the way we shot the 3-pointer — I didn’t expect that.”
FAITH CHRISTIAN (47)
L. Miller 8, S. Miller 3, C. Voller 4, Pittman 4, Benson 11, Harris 4, H. Voller3, Pendergraft 9, Hill 1, Conlon.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (66)
Parker 2, Hunter 13, Peele 25, Grissom 11, Forte 10, McFarland 2, Murray, Blalock, Dehart, Little 3, Paul 3.
Score by quarters:
Faith Christian 9 10 13 15 — 47
WCA 20 21 12 13 — 66