Family Christian Academy fought off a late rally by Jehovah-Jireh to get away with a 58-56 win at FCA on Friday.
Jaron Davis banked in a long 3-point shot with 2.6 seconds to go to pull the Warriors within two. They got the ball back following a traveling violation on the inbounds pass but couldn’t get off a shot. The win is Family Christian’s first over District 7-C rival JJCA win in three tries.
The Flames started each half with a 3-point basket, opening the game on a three by Jakobey Hitchens and getting a quick three from Jacob Normand to start the second half. Following Hitchens’ basket FCA jumped out to a 10-1 lead, but the Warriors chipped away to cut it to lead 18-17 late in the second quarter on a three by Davis.
“We learn something from every game,” Jehovah-Jireh coach Dirk Ricks said, “and what we’ll take away from this one is we have to come out ready to play. We can’t wait around.
“We came out flat and they came out excited and got an early lead, and we just couldn’t overcome it.”
FCA (16-19 3-2) led 21-18 at halftime. But Jehovah-Jireh (21-9, 5-1) managed to tie it at 26 eariy in the third quarter before a surge led by Quiante Scott and Joshua Miller led to a 17-8 run and a 43-34 lead at the end of the third.
“I thought Joshua Miller and No. 4 (James Holmes, Jr.) played their best basketball of the year tonight,” FCA coach James Holmes said. “Joshua was a starter, but I like him off the bench for the simple reason he brings a lot of energy to our team. And we got a good effort by our seniors, Quiante and Jacob Normand.”
The Flames’ other big man, Cameron Crump, did not suit up for the game so Scott had to handle the inside work for his team. He responded with a 24-point effort and was a major force rebounding and providing inside defense. Crump scored seven before fouling out, and Miller added 15, with 10 of his points coming in the third quarter.
“We had a few problems tonight, mental problems,” Scott said. “I knew I had to carry a load inside, but I knew my teammates would back me up.”
Scott often dribbled the ball up against the press and most of his baskets came on the inside, but he did add a 3-point basket to his worksheet in the third quarter.
He said that he likes to attempt a three sometimes.
“Anything to help my team,” he said.
Davis and his fellow freshman guard Johnson were once again the offense leaders for the Warriors. Davis scored 18 with two 3-pointers and Johnson 17 with three 3s. Trenton Payne was also in double figures with 12 points.
It was a pride win for the Flames after Jehovah-Jireh had wrapped up the district title.
“It’s a big win for us, and I hope we keep some momentum going into the playoffs,” Holmes, Sr. said. “Starting on February 27, everybody is zero and zero.”