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Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga Christian (32) Tink Scott battles Upperman (35) Jace McWilliams for the ball at South Pittsburg High School during the Border Battle tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.

Chattanooga Christian received a scoring burst early from Jackson Hilger, but the Chargers could not find an answer to stop Upperman's Alex Rush after the break in Tuesday's 55-36 loss at the Border Battle hosted by South Pittsburg High School.

Rush helped the Bees (8-3) turn a five-point halftime lead to 17 as the 6-foot-8 big man scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter. The talented senior forward is committed to play for Freed-Hardeman University.

CCS (3-3) looked poised to contend early as Hilger scored seven of his 12 points in the first quarter, which ended with the score knotted up at 12-all.

However, offensive woes plagued the Chargers who were held to just seven and five points over the second and third quarters.

Boo Carter supplied a team-high 16 points in the loss, scoring eight points in each half. The freshman point guard scored 37 points and hit eight 3-pointers over the two-day holiday tournament.

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