Beavercreek, OH — Chaminade Julienne traveled south to Beavercreek to battle the Beavers in CJ’s first game of the season. Beavercreek was coming fresh off of an 80-34 win over Xenia the night before at Benner Field House. Beavercreek and CJ were both back and forth for the first couple of minutes but late in the 3rd quarter, the Beavers started to pull away. CJ guard A.J. Solomon kept them in the game with his elite three-point shooting and then senior guard Brandon Gibson finished away the Beavers late with a steal and slam highlight play. Mali Strayhorn got a steal off of Brandon Gibson and then dunked it home to give ‘Creek a 3-point lead with less than a minute to go. After a Gibson layup, CJ was within 1. Brandon Gibson than stole the ball from Adam Duvall and dunked it himself to give CJ the 1 point lead with 10 seconds left. Chris Herbort then missed a prayer from the corner with about 8 seconds remaining that would have put Beavercreek up but instead, he missed and CJ came away with the 63-62 win. Herbort led Beavercreek with 26 points. CJ was able to keep big man Braden Grant out of the game late down the stretch due to foul trouble and Beavercreek guard Yousef Saleh also fouled out of the game early in the fourth.
Chaminade Julienne Key Players
Brandon Gibson G/2020-Gibson is a lengthy guard but is still quick and can get to the basket with ease. He is a player with next-level talent and will be the leader in scoring for CJ this season.
A.J. Solomon G/2021-A.J. Soloman is an elite shooter and playmaker and was the main reason why CJ won this game. His shooting kept the Eagles in the game and he will be a key piece of CJ’s lineup if they want to make a run in March.
Larry Turner F/2020-Turner is a really good defender as he blocked a couple of shots last night and he can also shoot the ball well and is a decent low post scorer.
Dan Nauseef F/2021-Dan Nauseef is your typical big man, standing at 6’6″. He has improved a lot from last season as he can score a lot better in the post and he defends a lot better from his sophomore season. Him and Adam Duvall were going at it all night.
Beavercreek Key Players
Chris Herbort G/2020-Herbort is an amazing scorer as he draws fouls and can shoot very well. He is a very complete player and the leader to this Beavercreek team.
Adam Duvall F/2022-Duvall is a great defender standing at 6’7″ and he can also score very well. He is a good three-point shooter but excells at scoring in the low post.
Mali Strayhorn G/2020-Strayhorn comes off of the bench for the Beavers, but is an elite defender and made some big time plays that gave Beavercreek a chance to win including a steal and a dunk that gave them a 3-point lead with less than 50 seconds to go.