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Home Opening Weekend, Mixed Results for Eagles

The Families of Faith Christian Academy Screaming Eagles opened their home basketball season on Friday, November 22 to mixed results.

The night started well. The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 19-5 halftime lead on SSCC rival Victory Christian Academy from Valparaiso. The Lady Eagles cruised to an easy 36-12 win over a team missing a couple of key players.

The Lady Eagles were led by Senior Alli Willis who continued her hot start. Willis poured in 14 points with scoring help from Destiny Villalejo with 11 and Natalie Robertson with 9 (3 of 4 from beyond the 3-point line).

The boys game didn't go quite as well. The boys haven't beaten Victory Christian since 2011 and really had hoped this night would be their chance.

The game went back and forth with Victory holding a 12-11 edge at the end of one. At halftime VCA led 24-20 as both teams continued to play it close.

But Victory cranked it up in the third quarter outscoring the Eagles 26-16 and never looking back on their way to an easy 72-54 win.

The Eagles were led once again by Senior Josiah Blan with 41 points and 18 rebounds. Calvin Reisinger led VCA with 31 points.

Saturday the Eagles hosted the inaugural FOFCA Tip-Off Classic. The girls tournament included Romeoville Christian, Michigan City Christian and Gary Lighthouse. The boys side included Michigan City Christian, City Baptist and Homeschool Resource Center (HSRC).

The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 17-0 lead in their first game against Michigan City Christian. Willis led the way with 15 points and Gabi Mauro chipped in 8 as the Eagles cruised 39-6.

In the championship game the Eagles ran into a good Romeoville Christian team. Romeoville jumped out to a 9-2 first quarter lead and never looked back claiming the tournament title, defeating the Eagles 33-16. Willis and Robertson led the Eagles with 6 points, Willis pulled down 14 rebounds as well.

The boys tournament was interesting. City Baptist didn't show and forfeited out. HSRC knocked off Michigan City Christian. The Eagles JV team defeated Michigan City as well (so they got their promised two games).

The championship pitted two conference foes against each other. The Eagles started slowly, while HSRC raced out to a 16-13 first quarter lead. The Eagles whittled away in the second quarter and clung to a 31-27 halftime lead.

The Eagles kept going in the second half, outscoring HSRC 13-8 in the third quarter to hold a 44-35 lead going into the fourth. The Patriots put a run together in the fourth, but the Eagles were able to hold it off and pull away for a final of 62-48. Josiah Blan once again paced the Eagles with 30 points and 22 rebounds.

The Eagles ended their 4 games in 4 day run with their annual trip to Christian Haven on Monday.

Alli Willis poured in 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles to a 50-11 pounding of Christian Haven. Gabi Mauro and Natalie Robertson added 10 points each.

The Eagle boys ran into a much improved Christian Haven team though. Christian Haven raced out to a 21-14 first quarter lead. The Eagles were hurt by turnovers and just poor play overall.

The two teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter with Christian Haven leading at halftime 40-29.

Halftime adjustments by the Eagles began to turn the tide as the Eagles outscored Christian Haven 20-15 in the third quarter, but mistakes kept it from being even closer.

Trailing 55-49 heading into the fourth, the Eagles put on a furious rally to get to within 1 point with just over 4 minutes left. Poor shot selection and missed opportunities down the stretch allowed Christian Haven to pull away for a final of 69-62.

Josiah Blan scored 28 to lead the Eagles, Cody Blan added 17. Josiah picked up 9 boards, Cody added 6 assists. The biggest bright spot might have occurred at the free throw line though. The Eagles hadn't shot well at the line, but were 8 for 8 in this contest.

The Eagles have a busy week coming up. The boys take on Parkview Christian on Monday December 2 at 6 pm. The Lady Eagles and boys travel to Romeoville Christian on Tuesday starting at 5 pm. Both teams return home Thursday evening to take on visiting Westlake Christian, the girls will tip off at 5 pm on Thursday.

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