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Faith Academy boys basketball begins season against Killeen Chaparral

CAPTION: Faith Academy senior power forward Brock Davis and the Flames are looking to add another distrit title and more victories to an incredible run. Courtesy photo

The Faith Academy boys basketball team’s quest to return to the state tournament of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at The Firepit on the Faith campus, 3151 RR 1431 east in Marble Falls.

The Flames return a roster of experience and talent led by senior Brock Davis, a 6-foot 7-inch power forward who takes up space in the lane, uses his feet and body to power his way to the basket, and is equally comfortable driving to the hoop. And as great as Davis is, head coach Zakk Revelle said the forward’s greatest strength is in how he treats his teammates.

Case in point was a recent practice where the Flames were divided into five-on-five groups and Davis noticed the unit he was playing against was struggling with a specific play. So he told his unit to step off the floor to allow the others to work on it and learn it.

“He was trying to get them to learn part of the offense,” Revelle said. “He’s very coachable and from his teammates, ultimately he’s a good leader. He doesn’t just want to be great, he wants his teammates to be great, too. It makes my job easier. I’m very blessed.”

Also back is senior guard Diego Chavira. The two were responsible for the bulk of the scoring a year ago. Senior forwards Elijah Blackington and Will Lewis, juniors Connor Evans, Gabe Lopez, Kolton Steele and Ben Tatum round out the upperclassmen.

The newcomers are 6-3 sophomore Asher Appel and freshmen Michael Houy and Judah Phillips, a 6-9 center who gives the Flames the tallest frontcourt of any opponent they face.

“We can force people to do what we want them to do,” Revelle said. “They’ll have to adjust immediately and be made to pick their poison. His size is Division I, but he’s 15, he’s still catching up. He got to work on his footwork and lift weights. He plays Brock in practice every day. It helps Brock, too.”

The Flames have won three consecutive district titles and are on a 20-game district winning streak. A move to Class 3A doesn’t worry Revelle, who pointed out Faith’s winning streak began when the Flames were in Class 3A. The district opponents are Waco Live Oak Classical, Bryan Brazos Christian, Temple Central Texas Christian, Waco Bishop Reicher, Temple Holy Trinity and Round Rock Christian.

“Winning district is a goal,” Revelle said. “All those things are apart of it. We’re playing a schedule that is really difficult.”

It has a mix of public schools and private schools where each opponent has entered the playoffs and made long runs. Revelle noted the opponents also display a mix of philosophies. Some want to push the pace and put the score in the 80s, while others want to slow it down to stay in the 40s.

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