CAPTION: Faith Academy senior power forward Brock Davis powers his way for two of his game-high 31 points in leading the Flames to another win. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
The Faith Academy of Marble Falls boys basketball team defeated Temple Central Texas Christian 57-30 Jan. 10 to remain in first place in District 3-3A of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
Once more, senior power forward Brock Davis led the way with 31 points, scoring 21 in the first half. His 31 points followed his 40-point career high in the 73-29 victory against Temple Holy Trinity Jan. 6.
The Lions had no answer for Davis’ size, strength and athleticism. He scored off the dribble, used his drop step to spin to the basket, or rebounded misses for putbacks.
Davis is putting together a season that makes him the front runner for player of the year.
“I’m prepared to say that,” head coach Zakk Revelle said. “Nobody in district can match his size. People will double and triple-team him. “
And yet, district opponents haven’t found a way to slow the senior, the coach added.
Faith leapt to an 11-2 lead midway through the first quarter en route to building a 15-8 advantage. Senior forward Will Lewis ended the quarter by grabbing an offensive rebound and outracing everyone for the lay-up.
The smallest deficit the Lions could muster was five, and that was early in the second period. But Davis’ turnaround in the paint sparked a 16-8 run to end the first half and a 34-18 lead at the break.
The contest didn’t get better for the Lions as Faith increased its lead. The Flames held CTC scoreless for six minutes of the third period.
With two minutes left in regulation, Revelle sat his starters.
He credited the CTC coaches for having a plan not to let other Flames get heavily involved in the scoring and committing to getting rebounds.
“They were ready for us,” Revelle said. “We know everybody is going to come ready to play. They play loose because they have nothing to lose. If we want to continue winning, we have to execute on offense, we have to execute on defense. We gave up multiple rebounds and gave up extra shots.”
He noted most district opponents won’t have the Flames’ size or strength to match Davis and teammates Judah Phillips and Asher Apel. But the contest Jan. 10 wasn’t about one game; it’s about the remainder of the season.
“Judah came out and played well, Kolton Steele came out and played well,” the coach said. “We rotated in eight athletes. I was pleased with the effort. We came out of here with a win as we head into a break. We’re 3-0, and it’s great cause it’s exactly where we wanted to be. It’s great to win. Winning is hard. We came out of here with a win, and that’s good. We saw how good we can be and how vulnerable we can be if we don’t execute.”
The Flames will take a bye Friday, Jan. 13, to prepare for a crucial three-game stretch that begins by hosting Waco Reicher at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, traveling to face Bryan Brazos Christian for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Thursday, Jan. 19, and end the week with a Saturday, Jan. 21, showdown at Waco Live Oak at 4 p.m.
Live Oak is ranked No. 6 in the latest TAPPS Class 3A poll of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, while Faith Academy is No. 7, and Brazos is No. 8.
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