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Falcons outrun Panthers

February 04, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Faith's Alex Vocature, left, and Hancock's Donnie O'Brien battle for a loose ball in the second quarter Thursday night at Hancock.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HANCOCK — Basketball is a game of runs. The Faith Christian-Hancock boys game Thursday proved that.

The Falcons used two big runs at the end of each half to upend Hancock 62-47.

With less than a minute remaining in the second quarter, Faith was clinging to a 22-19 lead before a 9-0 run put the Falcons ahead by 12 at the break. The same run briefly carried into the third quarter when Justin Earl hit a 3 to give his team a 34-19 lead.

“The end of the second quarter really hurt us,” Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. “We couldn’t answer with a shot of our own.”

Hancock (3-12) went on a 13-0 run in the middle of the third quarter that made it a two-point game before the Falcons (8-8) pulled away at the end.

“We knew they were going to get a run going,” Faith coach Brian Hobbs said. “We stopped moving the ball well in the third too.”

Hancock was able to hit shots and switched its defense to a 1-3-1 trap in the third quarter that seemed to confuse the Falcons at first.

“They made some defensive adjustments and it froze us,” Hobbs said. “But we adjusted to it and started making shots.”

Faith had three players score in double digits. Justin Hercules led the Falcons with 22 points, Earl added 11 and Drew Michael scored 10.

After the Panthers cut their deficit to two points, Faith outscored Hancock 28-15 the rest of the way.

“Sometimes when a team goes on a run like that, the kids look up at the scoreboard and see they’re only up by a few and it rattles them,” Hobbs said. “Our kids handled that well tonight.”

Jarrod McCoy led Hancock with a double-double going for 21 points and 10 rebounds while recording five steals. Spencer Heller grabbed 14 boards and Eli Souders had 10 rebounds.

“We made some mistakes late in the game,” Spielman said. “We stopped rebounding the ball and were making bad passes.”

Faith Christian 62, Hancock 47
FAITH CHRISTIAN (8-8)

Hercules 9 2-3 22, Earl 3 4-4 11, Michael 3 4-8 10, T. Johnson 2 3-5 8, S. Johnson 2 2-2 6, Hoy 1 1-2 3, Vocature 1 0-1 2. Totals 21 16-25 62.
HANCOCK (3-12)
McCoy 9 2-4 21, O'Brien 2 0-0 6, Souders 3 0-0 6, Heller 2 1-4 5, Wiles 2 0-0 5, Ray 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 3-8 47.
Faith        14    17    8    23    —    62
Hancock    10    9    16    12    —    47

3-point goals — Faith 4 (Hercules 2, Earl, T. Johnson); Hancock 4 (O'Brien 2, McCoy, Wiles).

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