HYATTSVILLE – Capitol Christian Academy beat the two-time defending Interstate Athletic Conference champion Bullis School in the quarterfinals of the BSN summer league 59-54 Wednesday evening.
“This is a barometer to let the guys know we can play against really good teams,” said Capitol Christian head coach Van Whitfield. “(Bullis) played at a very deliberate pace; however we were still able to adjust to every move they made offensively. We never backed down.”
Capitol Christian trailed by four points at halftime, but the team adjusted quickly during the second half. Nate Watson, a 6-foot-6-inch freshman, dominated the game, leading Capitol Christian with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
“It was a good game, we fought to the end,” said Nate Watson at the end of the game.
Andre McFadden and Kwame Camon added 10 points each for Capitol Christian, and Malik Norfleet scored three points and notched five steals.
“Bullis definitely brought their all, and they challenged us through the first half, but it only made us better,” Camon said.
Mickey Bell was the top performer for Bullis, scoring 23 points. Point guard Jamal Wright contributed 11 points.
“It was a good game, but a rough game to play,” said Wright. “We had to be men out there, but we weren’t really ready to play. All in all I think we played tough. We’ll get better.”
Although, this was a tough loss for the IAC champs, assistant coach Markus Townsend still enjoyed the competitiveness against both teams.
“Capitol Christian was very competitive, but we matched their competitiveness,” Townsend said. “I just think they made a couple of plays down the stretch that we weren’t able to match.”