MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Closing out the first half with a 24-5 run, The Apprentice School would need to hold off a late charge by Pfeiffer University to score an 89-84 win in non-conference men’s basketball action on Sunday afternoon. The victory moves the Builders to 9-2 on the year while the Falcons slide to 5-4.
Tied at 29-29 with 6:07 to play before the break, Johnny Ferebee (Norfolk, VA) started the 24-5 stretch, which began with a 15-0 run, using one of his three triples for the day. After a basket by teammate Tevin Andrews (Brundidge, AL) Ferebee would drop the next eight points before Pfeiffer would eventually cut it to 14 on a free throw from Elijah Matthews (Clinton, MD). A triple by Latrone Demiel (Suffolk, VA) put the Builders up 21 before Jerod Wallace (Charlotte, NC) cut it to 19 with a late layup.
Pfeiffer would trim the lead down to 15 on a couple of occasions early in the second half before dropping it down to eight getting themselves back in the game with 4:39 remaining. Reggie Hollinger (Orlando, FL) and Danny Smith (Baltimore, MD) got the Falcons back into a single-digit deficit before Apprentice would knock down six-straight free throws to put them back up a dozen with just 65 seconds left. A final three ball from Matthews would get the Falcons to within six, but a pair of Ferebee free throws with 21 ticks left helped seal the win for the Builders.
Andrews led the Builders with 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Ferebee followed with 21 while Lance Darden (Franklin, VA) was good for 13. Pfeiffer was led by Hollinger’s 22-point afternoon as one of four Falcons in double-figures. Smith contributed with 15, Tayron Gibson (Dumfries, VA) added 14 while Matthews concluded with 12.
Both teams shot very well from the field as the Builders knocked down 48% of their total shots, one percent better than Pfeiffer. The advantage came from behind the arc as Apprentice drained 10 from long distance shooting 39% to the Falcons’ five shooting just 23%. Pfeiffer also turned the ball over 22 times to the Builders’ 17.
Pfeiffer will now take time off for the holiday break before one final tune up contest at Livingstone on New Year’s Eve. Tip time is set for 3:00 p.m. in the final game of 2011.