Pioneers beat No. 19 China Spring
The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers knocked off UIL Class 4A No. 19 China Spring 53-44 on the road Saturday.
NCTA took control early, going up 17-9 after one quarter and 31-22 at the half. And when China Spring cut the Pioneers’ lead to 39-34 heading into the fourth quarter, they responded by winning the final eight minutes 16-10.
Elias Ngoga, a 6-10 senior, put up 21 points. Thomas Kuol scored 12, including six in the first quarter, and Nikola Zoric added 10.
NCTA needed just one three-pointer to beat China Spring, which Ngoga nailed in the first quarter.
The Pioneers (17-10) hosted Decatur Tuesday. NCTA is not part of a basketball conference, having gone independent prior to the 2018-19 season.
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