by David Grimes
Despite a game-high 24 points by Samuel St. Fleur, Salem was still unable to overcome a pair of strong quarters, as Christiansburg claimed a 69-52 victory over visiting Salem in the semifinals of the Blue Ridge District boys’ basketball tournament Tuesday night.
With the game tied at 10-all after the opening quarter, the Blue Demons, paced by seven points from Zach Davis, outscored the Spartans 19-9 to take a 29-19 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Brenden Motley would score 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, to help Christiansburg go on a 21-9 run to extend its advantage to 50-28 heading into the final quarter. St. Fleur would score 11 points in the fourth quarter, as Salem outscored the Blue Demons 24-19 to make the final score a little more respectable.
Salem was 12-of-24 from the foul line, while Christiansburg was 19-of-33.
Samuel St. Fleur led Salem with a game-high 24 points.
Zach Davis led Christiansburg with 19 points and Brenden Motley added 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.
Salem 10 9 9 24 – 52
Christiansburg 10 19 21 19 – 69