Jaksen Braun scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Charleston to a 62-51 victory over Lutheran North in the Effingham-Teutopolis Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament.
The Trojans, which lost their tourney opener to Newton Tuesday night, rallied from a 15-11 first-quarter deficit to outscore Lutheran North by an 18-5 margin the next quarter for a 29-20 halftime lead it never relinquished.
“We made shots,” CHS coach Cody Drone said. “We made a conservative effort on shot selection and getting great shots for us. We were also able to attack the paint and score inside something we weren’t able to do against Newton.”
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Grady Smitley added six rebounds and six points while Jackson Burgess snagged seven rebounds and scored 16 points. The Trojans out rebounded Lutheran North 33-19 overall.
Charleston was outshot 10-7 from 3-point range but the Trojans were far more accurate overall in making 72% of field goals and 62% of shots overall. Lutheran North made only 28% from two-point range and 32% overall.
Charleston next faces Champaign Centennial this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
We’ll have full coverage on this afternoon’s game later this evening.
CHARLESTON: Braun 9 0-1 19, Burgess 5 3-4 16, Oakley 5 0-2 11, Smiley 3-7 0-1 7, Pankey 1 0-0 3, Applegate 1 2-2 4, Becker 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 5-8 62. 3-pointers – Burgess 3, Smiley 1, Pankey 1, Braun 1, Oakley 1.