OXFORD - The North Montgomery faithful made the long drive to Benton Central Friday evening in hopes of witnessing history. Caleb Randolph made sure they didn't go home disappointed, as he poured in 19 points, to help the Chargers earn the come-from-behind 53-45 victory.

The fans were hoping to see, not only a Charger win, but also Grant Gayler become only the third Charger male to reach the 1,000 point club. He ended the night with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds leaving him with 999 for his career.

"Grant played really well tonight, with guys hanging all over him," commented Charger mentor Joel Grindle. "We'd like to have seen him finish one of those shots at the end of the game, to get the 1,000 points, but he'll have another opportunity Thursday (at Frankfort)."

The Chargers started slow finding themselves trailing 12-8 after one. The Bison had the hot hand shooting 67 percent from the field in the first quarter, including 75 percent from long range.

"It was one of the atmosphere's again with the long bus ride," commented Grindle. "We got ourselves into a little bit of a hole until we figured out the speed, and what they were doing.

"They're a good ball club with their size and strength," continued Grindle. "They brought some energy and hustle. I didn't think this was a game where we were outplayed. They just shot the ball well."

Benton Central would expand their lead to 11, at 26-15, with 2:25 remaining in the half. However, North would gain momentum scoring the last eight points on a rebound putback by Alex Parsons, and two threes from Gayler, to only trail 26-23.

The Chargers tied the game at 28 midway through the third on a Caleb Randlph bucket. They took the lead, 37-36, on a rebound putback by Elijah Dugard at the buzzer.

Caleb Randolph scored 10 consecutive, including 4-6 from the charity stripe, in the fourth, to seal the Charger win.

"I liked our focus in the second half. Our kids really locked down defensively and forced them to take more outside shots.

"Caleb Randolph stepped up and hit some huge shots," continued Grindle. "I thought Jordan Lewis had an excellent game and hit two big threes. He, and Elijah Dugard, did a great job defensively."

Benton Central (6-10) had two in double figures. Sam Smith finished with 15 and Henry Fisher 12.

North (10-7, 4-1 SAC), who outrebounded the Bison 34-26 were led by Gayler's 14 boards and Parsons' 8. They will travel to Frankfort on Thursday evening looking to stay atop the Sagamore Conference standings with Danville and Tri-West.