Lions second at FCA Christmas Classic

The Warren County Christian School boys basketball team recently finished second at the FCA Christmas Classic.

SENECA – Warren County Christian School boys took part in th Faith Christian Academy Christmas Classic Tournament Tuesday and came home with a second-place finish.

The Lions defeated Latrobe Baptist in the first game before falling to FCA in the championship.

“I’m very happy with the way they played,” said WCCS coach Tom Jones.

Ethan Kerr scored 36 points in the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team.

Semi-final: WCCS 75, LATROBE BAPTIST 62

After trailing by two at halftime, the Lions offense exploded for 44 second-half points to earn a 75-62 win. Four Lions were in double figures scoring, led by Jared Younger at 22 points. Kerr had 21, while Josh Jones had 12 and Steven Brenner added 10.

“One of the problems we’ve had all season is being more assertive,” Jones said. “(Younger and Kerr) in particular were passing up shots. I told them they had to put the ball up. They did, and we made them.”

Jones said a change in defense to start the third quarter created turnovers and led to easy scoring chances.

Final: FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 61, WCCS 51

Fatigue set in late in the fourth quarter and FCA was able to make free throws en route to a 61-51 win.

The largest margin between the two teams before the final two minutes was three points.

“We put them to the line a lot in the fourth and our shots kept hitting the front of the rim,” Jones said.

Kerr had a team-high 15 points with Younger putting in 13 and Ryan Widener adding 10.

“We play FCA two more times this season and we look forward to playing them again,” Jones said.

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WCCS (75)

Josh Jones 5-2-6-12, Jared Younger 10-2-8-22, Steven Brenner 2-6-8-10, Ethan Kerr 11-1-4-21, Ryan Widener 1-1-2-3, Connor Younger 0-0-2-0, James Carpenter 2-0-0-4, Josiah Helper 0-0-0-0, Tyler Bailey 0-0-0-0, Connor Bailey 0-0-0-0, Devin Smith 0-0-0-0

LATROBE BAPTIST (62)

Ji. Sapjok 2-1-2-5, Sarra 5-0-1-10, Ja. Sapjok 2-0-0-5, Wilkins 7-2-5-19, Hopkins 4-4-6-14, Moffet 0-0-1-0, Trout 3-2-8-9,

By Quarters

WCCS 12 19 21 23 – 75

Latrobe 11 21 10 20 – 62

Three-point FGs: WCCS (1) – Kerr; Latrobe (6) – Wilkins (3), Hopkins (2), Trout

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WCCS (51)

Jones 1-0-0-2, Younger 3-7-11-13, Brenner 3-5-7-11, Kerr 5-2-5-15, Widener 4-0-0-10

FCA (61)

Guth 1-0-0-2, Camby 5-1-2-14, Haranicky 2-0-0-5, Beckwith 9-2-4-22, Williams 2-4-16-10, Tropst 3-0-0-8

By Quarters

WCCS 15 13 8 15 – 51

Faith Christian 14 10 13 24 – 61

Three-point FGs: WCCS (5) – Kerr (3), Widener (2); Faith Christian (8) – Camby (3), Beckwith (2), Tropst (2), Haranicky

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 62,

EISENHOWER 42

CABMRDIGE SPRINGS – The height of Cambridge Springs was too much for Eisenhower to overcome in a 62-42 Region 3 setback on Tuesday.

The 6-8 duo of Turner Kurt and Reese Eakin had 14 and 11 points respectively for the winners, while guard Noah Reisnauer led the way with 24.

Jaydon Hayes once again paced Eisenhower with 15 points, while Zack Fincher had 10.

The Blue Devils also won the JV game.

AUSTIN 65, SHEFFIELD 54

Sheffield couldn’t overcome a quick start by the Austin Panthers on Tuesday, coming out on the short end of a 65-54 decision.

Tyler Hepinger poured in 12 points for Austin, while Matt Dunham had 11, as the Wolverines cut into a 13-point deficit with a 22-point third quarter, but the Panthers were able to put it away in the fourth.

“We got killed on the boards and had a lot of turnovers,” noted Sheffield coach Mike Knapp. “We have a lot of young guys and every time a team throws a new defense at us, there’s an adjustment period.”

The Wolverines will look to get on the winning track when they hit the road for a county clash with Tidioute on Friday.

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AUSTIN (65)

P. Glover 2-0-0-6, J. Glover 1-5-7-7, Valenti 1-5-9-7, Burgett 8-3-6-20, D. Glover 6-0-3-12, Fowler 2-0-0-4, Rees 3-2-4-9, Totals

SHEFFIELD (54)

Dunham 4-3-5-11, Albaugh 4-0-0-9, Davidson 3-3-3-9, Hepinger 5-0-1-12, Kyler 3-0-0-6, Camp 2-0-0-5, McNeal 1-0-0-2

By Quarters

Austin 13 19 18 15 – 65

Sheffield 8 11 22 13 – 54

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