By Gary Larson
Mille Lacs County Times
When a basketball team shoots over 50 percent from the floor it usually does well.
The Faith Christian School boys basketball team shot 51 percent against Christian Life of Farmington Friday night at FCS. The Saints were 22-of-40 from two-point range and 7-16 from three-point range for an overall 29-56 shooting mark.
And, the Saints came away with a 73-58 victory over a team that always ranks with the top Christian school teams in the state.
“We split with them last season, losing during the regular season but winning against them for the consolation title league state tournament,” said Faith Christian Coach Don Andrews. “We anticipated another good game with them this year and we were not disappointed.
“Our shooting was the key statistic.”
Faith Christian led 34-21 at halftime, then held off Christian Life in the second half.
Sophomore guard Trevor Roelofs scored 24 points, junior center Micah Andrews had 19 points and junior forward Paul Selin had 14 points to lead the Saints. Senior guard Jed Fry sank three three-pointers for nine points.
Andrews collared 15 rebounds while Selin had nine and Roelofs had six.
“It was a fun game, with a lot of back-and-forth action,” said coach Andrews.
On Saturday, FCS faced another tough foe and lost to Rochester Area Home School 63-50, also at FCS.
The Defenders moved to a 25-18 halftime lead and turned back the Saints’ second-half challenges.
Faith Christian shot well from two-point range, 17-34 for 50 percent, but made just three of 16 shots from three-point range.
“The biggest thing was that Rochester’s overall size gave them a lot of second-shot opportunities and we ended up fouling them too many times,” said Andrews. “They were unrelenting in getting to the basket.”
Rochester went to the free-throw line 28 times, making 17, while Faith Christian made seven of 13 free throws.
Selin poured in 21 points while Roelofs had 11 and Andrews scored nine. Andrews had nine rebounds and Roelofs had seven.
Center Elias Rosedahl’s 15 points paced a balanced Rochester offense.
Faith Christian, 15-8, travels to Hope Christian of St. Paul Park Friday night at 8.