Faith lines up Tartans

January 08, 1999

Highland View vs. Faith Acad.By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Drawing a lot of fouls is just fine, as long as you make the free throws that go along with them.

Faith Academy made just enough of them, going 9-for-15 in the fourth quarter Thursday night, to beat Highland View 53-44 in a boys basketball game.

Faith led 38-35 after three quarters, but the Tartans closed to 40-39 with seven minutes left.

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But the Falcons (6-6) scored seven consecutive points, including five from freshman Jon Mann, during the next four minutes to stretch their lead to 47-39.


The Tartans (3-3) responded with the next five points during the next 2:15 to slice the lead to 47-44, but the Falcons got their final six from the free-throw line in the final 45 seconds to close things out.

And for the Falcons, it wasn't a case of who shot J.R., but the that J.R. was doing the shooting. J.R. Tith made five of the closing six free throws for Faith.

"J.R. Tith came through big for us," Faith coach George Nunn said. "He made some clutch free throws down the stretch. I also thought that Jon Mann did a good job for us. He made some key baskets for us when we had a few spurts in the second half."

Junior center Jason Harrison led the Falcons with 20 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and seven rebounds. Mann scored 11 points.

Tony Castelbuono finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Patrick Bowels contributed 11 points and three assists for the Tartans.

Highland View Academy was able to stay in the game because of the contributions of a couple of reserves. Randy Nedd collected eight points and seven rebounds, while Biko Gwaltney dished off five assists for the Tartans.

"Faith made a lot of foul shots in the fourth quarter and that was a key to their win," said Josh Thompson, Highland View's assistant coach. "They are a good team and they play smart. They can definitely play under pressure."

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