Larry Drew   

Game 3 – Taft (CA) vs. Charlotte (FL) – 77 to 40

This game was a over by the end of the 1st quarter Taft (CA) came out on fire and was basically able to get whatever they wanted against Charlotte (FL).

The score at the half was 49 to 19 with the top scorers being Bryce Smith (Taft) with 12 points and Justin Hawkins (Taft) with 10 points. Charlotte (FL) top scorers in the half were Chris Stephenson with 9 points and Dago Pena with 6 points.

Taft was able to force 15 turnovers in the 1st half which helped lead to the huge deficit at the half. The 2nd half started just like the 1st Taft came out running outscoring Charlotte 15 to 3 in the 3rd quarter.

Taft had a balanced attack on offense with 4 players in double figures. Leading the way was Justin Hawkins with 20 points and 5 rebounds, Bryce Smith 13 points and 6 rebounds, (UNC) signee Larry Drew finished with 12 points, 5 steals and 2 assists and Terran Carter totaled 11 points and 8 rebounds.

The Charlotte team didn’t get much production from anyone other than Stephenson and Pena who combined to score 32 out of the teams 40 points.

Dago Pena scored 11 in the 2nd half to finish with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Chris Stephenson was held to just 3 points in the 2nd half totaling 12 points for the game.