Eagles open up season with a basketball shootout

Nathan Mauldin
Faith Christian High School
Posted 12/5/18

Faith Christian High School hosted a basketball shootout Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. Called the Faith Christian Invitational, the early-season tourney featured Delta HS, Manitou Springs HS, Vanguard Charter …

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Eagles open up season with a basketball shootout

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Faith Christian High School hosted a basketball shootout Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

Called the Faith Christian Invitational, the early-season tourney featured Delta HS, Manitou Springs HS, Vanguard Charter and Faith Christian.

Faith girls faced off with Manitou Springs on Friday night and faced a hot shooting Mustang squad.  Faith found itself in an early deficit and spent the rest of the game playing catch up. The Eagles continually found good shots but were unable to convert and though the defense adjusted the deficit remained. Ashley Finch found some traction inside but it was too little too late and Faith lost to Manitou Springs 52-31. Girls squared off Saturday against Vanguard Charter (Colorado Springs). As was the case on Friday night Faith fell into an early deficit against the Vaguard full court press. Faith did however find a more consistent scoring touch especially from three point range with Kenzie Connor, Abriannah McGaw and Georgia Swanson. Faith closed an early 15 point deficit to 6 points multiple times in the second half. Each Faith run was however answered by quick baskets from Vanguard in the fourth quarter.  Faith would eventually lose in a Final Score of 47-41. Faith Girls now head up to Glenwood Springs next weekend for a three-game tournament.

Faith Christian Boys faced off with Manitou Springs in the final game on Friday night. The Eagles would use a dominant and physical defense all night to hold the Mustangs offensively. Faith struggled to shoot from the outside but found the ability to score inside with Caleb Ruter, Jacob Thielen and Isaiah Kroll. Faith made a run in the third quarter to jump out to a 16 point lead. Manitou Springs however closed the gap to 7 points in the fourth quarter. Faith played smart down the stretch and eventually defeated the Mustangs 46-36. Saturday night brought together the #4 ranked Vanguard Charter and Faith Christian. It was a wild one from the start with up and down action from tip off to the conclusion. Vanguard comes in with a potent scoring attack which centers on multiple long range shooters and a press defense. Faith Christian was able to match the Coursers shot for shot in the first half and led 44-43 and paced by Junior Caleb Ruter and his 20 points in just the first half. Vanguard and Faith traded leads back and forth in the 2nd Half but Vanguard made a run with 2 minutes in game to take a 4-point lead. Graham Kroll knocked down a three pointer with 3.9 seconds to cut the lead to one. Faith fouled and Vanguard made the first and missed the second but Faith was not able to get off a shot and lost the game 78-76. Caleb Ruter led the Eagles with 30 points and looks to be a major player this season for a balanced attack.

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