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Champion Puts Away Buda Johnson

By Antonio G. Castillo, 01/08/22, 8:45AM CST


4 players score double figures as the Chargers separated from Buda Johnson in the 2nd half...

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Boerne, TX-

Two State ranked top twenty teams met on Friday evening as Boerne Champion hosted Buda Johnson on the edge of the hill country.

The first half was back and forth, until late in the second quarter. After both teams were tied up twenty-two a piece, Owen Tate would connect on his second trey of the night to give the Chargers a 25-22 advantage. Add to that an ensuing Jesse Peart three pointer off the set in-bounds play, and Tate would connect again as time expired for the half, drilling another trey.

Champion would close the first half on an 11-3 run, creating some separation, from what was otherwise a closely played first sixteen minutes. The Chargers held a 33-25 lead at the break, on the strength of Tate’s first half 11 points, and Peart adding 12 of his own.

In the second half, the Chargers defensive effort clamped down and never let the young Jaguars seriously threaten. The lead floated between 8 and 13 points, until late in the 4th quarter when Quinton Hairston sank a corner three-pointer making it a 51-44 game with 3:48 to go, but the Jags would not get any closer. Boerne Champion put away the win, sinking free throws down the stretch, for the 60-47 victory.

Sophomore point guard, Charlie Georgelos and junior wing Braden Baum led the attack in the second half for Champion. Georgelos simply controlled the game from the floor general spot, directing traffic, zipping passes around the floor and attacking off the dribble, either finishing at the hoop or drawing contact to go to the line. He had 12 points in the second half and finished tied for the team high with 14.

Baum mixed in a nice outside touch, adding two three-pointers that helped keep Johnson at bay, and finished with 13 points on the night. His length and athleticism had an impact on the boards, using that for a couple of put backs and to extend possessions for Champion.

Overall, it was a balanced attack for the Chargers, four players finished in double figures. In addition to Georgelos and Baum, Peart finished with 14 and Tate did finish with 11 points.

For the Jaguars, Sam McKinney, a young 6’5” wing showed off a nice perimeter touch, netting 17 points and was the only Johnson player who finished in double digits. The young Jaguars suffered a loss for only the third time all season, and are now 21-3 overall, and 5-1 in District 26-5A play.

With the win, Champion improves to 19-5, with a half game lead in district, standing 6-1 as they prepare to host New Braunfels Canyon next week.