Red Hawks vanquish Vanguard, win third straight

Red Hawks vanquish Vanguard, win third straight

HICKORY, N.C. — Behind a total team effort, the Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team won its third-straight game on Wednesday night, defeating Vance Granville 97-77 at the Tarlton Complex.

Three Red Hawks recorded a double double in the contest, including Sal-Bey Young (12 points, 13 rebounds), Victor Tshiona (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Isayah Johnson (10 points, 10 rebounds).

Nine different CVCC men's basketball players scored at least nine points in the contest, including a team-high 13 points from Zach De La Cruz, 12 from Malik Leach, 10 from Jordan Powell and nine from Jahleer Black and Byron Sanders.

Leading by as many as 14 points during the first half, the Red Hawks (13-4, 5-3 in Region X) grabbed a 47-37 halftime lead on the visiting Vanguard (3-9, 0-7). Johnson and Leach led the first half charge with eight points apiece.

Catawba Valley followed up a 30-rebound performance in the first half by continuing to crash the glass in the second half, recording 35 rebounds (17 offensive, 18 defensive) in the half, including 11 from Tshiona and eight from Young.

The Red Hawks shot 50 percent from the field (40-for-80) in Wednesday's game and behind the combined team effort in both shooting and rebound the basketball, Catawba Valley closed out their fifth conference victory of the season.

The CVCC men's basketball team tries to make it four wins in a row when it hits the road on Saturday to take on Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Lancers is set for 3 p.m.