After beating a team twice during the season, topping that team a third time can be a challenge. How about defeating the same team three times in two weeks?
That’s the task the Faith Christian School boys basketball team faced Saturday in the consolation finals at the Christian Athletic League State Tournament at Mankato.
The Saints were meeting Valley Christian of St. Croix Falls, Wis., a team they had topped twice during the final week of the regular season.
“We knew we had to take care of business and not take them lightly,” said Faith Christian Coach Don Andrews.
The Saints took care of business and trimmed Valley Christian 65-40 at Mankato East High School to claim consolation honors.
Faith Christian, behind guard Chris Johnson’s nine points, rolled to a 32-12 halftime lead, then outscored the Jaguars 33-28 in the second half.
Senior guard Paul Selin led FCS with 27 points, 18 in the second half. Senior forward Micah Andrews added 12 points, 16 rebounds and five assists while senior center Cullen Curott had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Faith Christian shot 41 percent from the field and had just six turnovers.
“It was great to end the season with a solid, all-around game,” said coach Andrews.
Faith Christian lost to Christian Life of Farmington 75-51 in the first round of the tournament Thursday, March 7.
The Saints, who lost to Christian Life 80-58 during the regular season, were able to keep pace with the Hawks early in the game before falling behind 42-28 at halftime.
Andrews had 15 points and 14 rebounds while Selin scored 20 points and Curott totaled 11 points and 17 rebounds to continue his strong finish to the season.
“We knew Christian Life would be a tough test,” said coach Andrews. “Their fine shooting late in the first half put them over the top and we just couldn’t get enough traction to get back in the game.”
Selin was named to the all-tournament team while Andrews was named to the all-league team.
The Saints, who finished 8-20, have their season-ending banquet tonight (Thursday) at 7.