Harvesters trail by 9 at halftime

Eastfield College trails by nine points at halftime of its opening game in the Elite Eight national tournament in New York.

The game was back and forth with several lead changes in the first five minutes.

After several possessions of scoreless basketball from both teams, Caldwell head coach Matt Anderson called timeout with 14 minutes left in the first half.

Caldwell guard Elijah Hampton connected on a three-pointer as he was fouled seven minutes into the half; he made the free throw to put the Cobras up seven points.

Eastfield tried to answer but turned the ball over, and Caldwell center Cordaris Townes converted on a breakaway dunk. Then Elijah Hampton had his third three-pointer of the first 10 minutes, putting the Cobras up by 12 points.

Caldwell forward Jontavian Hall flexed his arms at the Eastfield bench, and Harvesters guard Oscar Lewis responded with five straight points on the offensive end, which got the Harvesters back within six with seven minutes to go.

Semar Farris got a steal and completed the play with a layup on the other end, bringing the Harvesters within three points, 29-32 with five minutes to go in the first half.

After being called for several fouls in the final minutes of first half, the Harvesters are down nine points, 49-40, at the half.

The winner of this game will advance to the second round of the NJCAA Division III Elite Eight tournament.

 

— Kevin Cushingberry Jr.

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