FCS boys battle, drop close game

Faith Christian School’s boys basketball team lost to St. Francis Baptist 48-44 Thursday, Jan. 31, at FCS.

But, the Saints never quit battling.

Trailing by 15 points in the second half, Faith Christian trimmed the deficit to 10 points and then six before losing by the four-point margin.

“St. Francis has a fine center in Joel Antilla and he had 16 of their 31 first-half points,” said Faith Christian Coach Don Andrews. “So we had to change what we were doing if we were going to have a chance in the second half.

“We changed from a 2-3 zone defense to a 3-2 and put more pressure on their wings. We held Antilla to six second-half points but we weren’t quite able to muster our own offense sufficiently to take the lead.”

Senior guard Paul Selin led the Saints with 19 points while senior forward Micah Andrews had 12 and senior center Cullen Curott scored nine. Andrews had 13 rebounds while Curott had 10 and Selin six.

St. Francis Baptist filled in four Lake Region Christian of Baxter which was unable to make the trip to FCS.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, North Metro of Roseville trimmed Faith Christian 63-24 at Roseville.

“We were coming off a successful weekend at the tournament in Ankeny, Iowa, and were hoping to improve on an earlier 80-27 loss at home to North Metro,” said coach Andrews. “We traded points early in the game and after a 9-9 tie, North Metro pulled away to a 31-14 halftime lead.

“In the second half we couldn’t handle their pressure or match their firepower.”

Curott scored 10 points and had eight rebounds while Micah Andrews had 11 rebounds, six assists and five points and Selin had eight points and eight rebounds.

Faith Christian, 3-15, travels to Christian Life of Farmington Friday at 8 p.m., then hosts Cambridge Christian Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:45.