Kentucky Elite’s Blake Burns is trapped by Cornerstone Christian’s Evan Bowling (4) and Dustin Cloyd during Saturday’s game, won by Cornerstone, 18-17.

Cornerstone Christian used its size and ability to get to the foul line to complete their come-from-behind-victory on Saturday morning as it defeated the Kentucky Elite 18-17.

It was all Kentucky Elite in the first half as they pushed out to a 7-2 advantage during the first quarter with a three-pointer by Hunter Cromer.

Dawson Branstetter came away with a steal and found Cromer under the basket for the largest lead of the game at 13-3. Cromer led the Elite with five points, Blake Phelps also added five points.

“Dawson was a little overwhelmed,” Kentucky Elite coach Curt Sanders said. “He has never played against kids that big, but he will be fine. They are bigger than most teams we will face. We did okay though. It’s all about getting better.”

The Eagles never gave up and were able to fight their way back in the second half. Dustin Cloyd led the Eagles with five points, all coming in the third period of play to close the gap at 16-10.

The Eagles outscored the Elite 8-1 in the final period and shot 27 total free throws to the visitors nine. The Eagles connected on 6-27, while the Elite were only 1-9.

Taylor Cantrell added five points including four in the fourth quarter to lead the comeback. Timothy Brock added four points, while Evan Bowling and Justin Cloyd added two.

“We’ve only had one practice,” Sanders said. “We don’t have any size, but we will be okay. Cornerstone fought hard and played a good game. We will be fine. Hunter fouled out and that really hurt us. I didn’t realize he had four fouls. We will be much better next game.”

Tim Branstetter can be reached at tbranstetter@sentinel-echo.com

Cornerstone 18, Kentucky Elite 17

Cornerstone (18)—J. Cloyd 2, D. Cloyd 5, Bowling 2, Cantrell 5, Brock 4.

Kentucky Elite (17)—Phelps 5, H Cromer 5, Christensen 3, M Cromer 2, Team 2.

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