A two week, Thanksgiving holiday gap in between games typically isn’t the most profitable for a basketball team only four games into a season.
But both boy’s basketball teams at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) can begin the season of giving with a sense of gratitude because of it. Traveling up to Faith Christian Academy (Hurt) Nov. 30, the middle school (3-1) and varsity (4-0) Knights took both teams down, 45-19 and 70-44, respectfully, before its last two games of 2017.
Fast starts, already, have been paramount in the middle school’s early season success. The Knights’ first quarter set the tone early, which served as the catalyst in its walkaway victory against FCA.
“They really executed the things we’ve been working on in practice and stuck to the game while playing,” head coach Tim Wilson said.
Evan Lawrence led CHA with 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals, with Hayden Hodges with 11 points and three steals. The Knights, collectively, stripped the ball 16 times on the night. Call it grand larceny.
The varsity team wanted to do things a little bit differently in its nightcap against Faith, as the Knights began sputtering at the jump, but ended the night the way they originally intended.
“I’m proud of my guys for keeping their composure and staying in the game mentally,” Wilson added about his varsity group. “We were fortunate enough to get some mismatches on the offensive end and the boys were able to take advantage of them.”
Bashful words after his team’s methodical rout. Lucas Hager, who Wilson labeled as the unquestioned leader throughout the game, finished with his best night of the season — 27 points, three rebounds and two steals for the junior. Fellow junior, Matthew Bowden, tallied 30 points, five rebounds and three assists to continue on in his early tear through competition.
FCA-Hurt @ CHA
Tues., Dec. 5
MS: 5:00 p.m.
Varsity: 6:00 p.m