CARSON CITY — Fellowship Baptist Academy was able to start the season off with three straight victories over Beth Haven Baptist, Midland Christian and Juniata Christian before dropping their first of the year to Immanuel Christian of Owosso on Dec. 14.
FBA and Immanuel played evenly through the first quarter with each team racking up 17 points.
“I felt like we were playing good ball offensively and defensively, but Immanuel’s guys just made some pretty tough shots to keep them even with us,” said FBA coach Kevin McAlvey. “We dominated the boards throughout the first half and we were getting some great second chance opportunities, but we needed to do a better job of dealing with their speed.”
The Falcons ran into some serious foul trouble in the second quarter, but still managed to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room at half. The foul trouble was something the Falcons knew was coming, having had the same problem at Immanuel the last two years.
“That is what makes sports such a great learning tool,” McAlvey said. “You have life lessons and tough things to deal with that you can’t get in the classroom, which helps mature our young people. We were having to learn how to deal with frustrations in a pressure situation and I believe for a majority of the time we did a great job of maintaining a cool composure. I’m proud of them.”
FBA ended the game with 37 fouls called against them which allowed Immanuel to score 24 points from the free throw line.
“While the fouls were frustrating, this didn’t lose the game for us,” McAlvey said. “If we want to know why we lost we have no farther to look than the 28 turnovers we committed. That was our biggest problem tonight.”
In the third quarter, Tyler Bogart, the only FBA starter who was not in foul trouble, helped the Falcons maintain that four-point advantage by scoring 11 of his 25 points. David Chandler continued his work on the boards grabbing nine of his 19 rebounds in the third as FBA clung to a 50-46 lead at the end of three quarters.
The Falcons defense struggled to close out the game in the fourth quarter and watched a four-point lead slip away. With 25 seconds remaining, FBA found itself behind 68-62, but with the ball out of bounds under their own basket. Tyler Bogart hit a baseline jumper to cut the lead to four and Isaiah Miller deflected a pass which went to Bogart who laid the ball in getting FBA to within two.
FBA was forced to foul Cody Spooner who sank the first free throw, but missed the second, which Miller rebounded and passed up the court to Kaleb Barrett who got off a three that was long as time ran out.