CHC Athlete of the Week: Christian Moore

Tyler W Faubert
 Arguably the best shooter in the Hampton Roads area, this Week’s Athlete of the Week, junior captain Christian Moore, has consistently wreaked havoc on the competition for three years with Cape Henry Collegiate Varsity Basketball. With no effective means to stop Moore offensively, the junior standout has continued to amaze Dolphin fans for years. A perennial matchup nightmare for opposing teams, Christian Moore is now just 14 points away from joining an elite class of Cape Henry Collegiate Basketball alumni with 1000 career points. While Moore continues to pour in the points for the Dolphins, there is so much more the dedicated leader and humble competitor brings to Cape Henry Collegiate.
 
“This past week, Christian continued to be very consistent with his leadership, athletic abilities, and teamwork,” Head Coach Mark Hall began of Christian Moore. “Christian led the scoring for three-straight games last week and carried us to a 3-0 record for the week.”  
 
The Dolphins kicked off the Week’s competition in a conference matchup with Steward School on Tuesday night. Traveling to the Richmond area for the contest, Moore netted 14 points and added five assists. Picking up where he left off on Tuesday, Christian continued his exceptional run, scoring 16 points while adding five rebounds and five assists in a win over Greenbrier Christian Academy. Rounding out the Athlete of the Week’s dominant stretch, Moore poured in 16 points with four assists and two steals against Kellam High School on Saturday afternoon. Despite a slow start for the Dolphins on Saturday, it was Moore who sealed the victory with his late-game heroics. 
 
“With time winding down against Kellam, Christian used his quickness and soft touch to score the go-ahead basket, draw the foul, and convert the and-one free throw to lead us to victory,” Coach Hall continued of Moore. “The guys rally around Christian for his drive, leadership, and vocal presence. He provides them with confidence and a never give up attitude.” 
 
This drive was on display throughout this Week’s competitions. Despite a 15-point, six-rebound, and four-steal performance on Tuesday night against Peninsula Catholic,-- playing only 10 minutes in the night-- Christian truly shined in the Dolphins’ Thursday night matchup with conference rival Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. With early foul trouble plaguing the Dolphins on Thursday night, Moore’s calm demeanor and lethal range on the court kept the Dolphins in a deadlock with the Saints. Trailing as much as six in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins rallied behind Moore’s leadership and extended the lead to as much as nine in the eight-point conference victory. Moore finished the night three assists away from a triple-double, netting a game-high 27 points while picking up ten rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. 
 
“He comes to practice every day with the mindset of competing and helping his teammates get better,” Coach Hall finished of Moore. “His polite manners and contagious smile make him beloved by not just the Basketball program, but the entire Dolphin community as a true leader on and off the court.”
 
Christian Moore’s run with the Dolphins has been nothing short of extraordinary. Making an immediate impact on the Varsity Basketball program in ninth grade, Moore netted an average of 11 points per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 15 points per outing-- good enough for second on the team. Now in his junior year, Moore is averaging 17 points per game and leading the Dolphins in ppg. Sitting at a career 986 points, Christian is now 14 points away from reaching a basketball milestone in just his junior season. 
 
The Division I recruit, Cape Henry Collegiate standout, and all-around leader is poised to reach this remarkable milestone on Tuesday night in a contest with TCIS rival Norfolk Academy, beginning at 7:00 pm on February 4. Moore and the Dolphins face a tough stretch to end the season, as Cape Henry Collegiate eyes the top spot in the conference. Currently 7-0 in TCIS play and 15-3 overall, The Dolphins will meet Norfolk Academy, Norfolk Christian, and Norfolk Collegiate to round out the regular season conference play. With two more State contests also in the wings, the #3 seeded Dolphins will wrap up the season with Christchurch and Highland School before making a run at the DI State title. Leaning on Moore’s drive to win, Christian the rest of the Dolphins are poised for a historic finish to the ‘19-’20 season.
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