The Armstrong men’s basketball team notched two impressive wins this past weekend at the Valdosta State Classic in Valdosta, Ga.
The Pirates defeated Carver Bible College 84-78 on Saturday, Nov. 16 and toppled Florida Memorial 74-52 on Sunday afternoon to extend their overall record to 3-1.
Carver Bible (2-5) hit five first-half three-pointers to take a 36-35 lead going into half. The Cougars would extend the lead to eight, 64-56, deep into the second half. Fouled on a three-point attempt, Pirates senior Hichem Benayad-Cherif hit three free-throws at the 8:39 mark that sparked a 10-2 run, tying the game at 66-all with 6:28 left on the clock.
In a game that saw 11 ties and 16 lead changes, Armstrong took the lead for good on a layup by senior guard Kenny Bellinger II. The Pirates iced the game at the free throw line, hitting seven of eight in the final 2:46.