Grace Christian wins national championship on last second shot

Posted at 7:13 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 19:14:07-04

WYOMING, Mich. --  Grace Christian freshman Kellum Bridgeforth hit a three with just seconds to play in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association championship game in Greenville, South Carolina, Saturday to win the title for the Tigers.

"I just didn't even think about it, because I was expecting Brandon or Kregel to take the last shot," Bridgeforth said.  "But they swung it to me, and I just knew that time was coming down and I had to take it."

This is the sixth title national championship for Grace in the last 14 years, and perhaps the most memorable.

"This one is special, just because of the excitement of anytime a last-second shot goes in,"14th-year head coach Gary Bailey said.  "Really, I have a hard time remembering it. It happened right in front of me when Kellum hit that shot, and I didn't realize it went in. But I could hear the guys celebrating behind me, so I was already back to business making sure that they didn't hit a last-second shot."

Grace beat Great Lakes Christian College out of Lansing, 84-83.