Slow start hurts Chrisman in MaxPreps Holiday Classic
The weather may be warm in San Diego, but William Chrisman’s shooting wasn’t.
The Bears hit 1-of-24 three-pointers in the first half of a 74-57 loss to Bellevue (Wash.) in the first round of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Friday.
Justin Clark managed 22 points to lead the Bears, who trailed at halftime 35-16. However, he found his shot hard to find with a pair of 6-foot-7 players defending him, including the son of former NBA star Detlef Schrempf.
“They put big athletes on him,” Chrisman coach John Vickers said. “And when you can’t shoot in this (offense) it makes it tough. But the second half, we did a lot better. We competed better. We won the second half, but just had that slow start.”
The Bears were up against a talented Bellevue team that has at least three Division-I player, including one that is headed to Stanford.
Chrisman (4-3) now faces Bellarmine, Calif., Saturday in the consolation bracket. Bellarmine features two more Division I signees. One is headed to UCLA, while the other is off to Santa Clara.
“The talent we’re seeing is unbelievable,” Vickers said. “The team we played today is the No. 1 team in the state of Washington.”
Jon Ekey added 12 points in the loss for Chrisman.