Capital Christian ends FLC’s season
SACRAMENTO – Two nights after knocking off the second seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Boys Basketball playoffs, 15th-seeded Forest Lake Christian set its sights on No. 10 Capital Christian on Friday.
But FLC head coach David Thomas said Wednesday’s 65-63 upset of Turlock Christian might have actually cost the Falcons in Friday’s game, as a fatigued FLC hit just one of 11 third-quarter field goals in a 66-40 loss to the host Cougars.
“The bottom line is, in the second half, we had great spirit but our legs just weren’t there,” said Thomas, whose Falcons finished the season with a 14-13 record. “The main thing in the second half was we just couldn’t hit the basket.”
Of course, Capital Christian’s defense might also have played a part in the Falcons’ offensive dry spell. The Cougars’ 6-foot, 10-inch, 230-pound junior Terence Jennings swatted several shots in the post and forced FLC to alter even more.
In his first season of high school basketball, Jennings was a force in the paint, scoring a game-high 16 points.
“He’s getting a lot of attention (from major colleges),” said Capital Christian head coach Bill Nelson. “He’s going to end up picking which school he goes to.”
The Falcons made a run at the Cougars in the second quarter, taking a 25-24 lead with 2:18 to go in the half, after senior Sam Metteer hit a jumper. Sophomore Adam Reed added a three-pointer from the left side of the arc for a 28-26 edge with 1:13 to go in the quarter.
But Capital Christian’s Ryan Thornton, one of three seniors on the CC roster, drained a three-pointer of his own and drove to the paint for a score and a 31-28 lead just before the halftime buzzer.
Capital Christian (15-14) took control in the third quarter with a 15-0 run to open the second half. By the time FLC senior Phil Sparling put the Falcons back on the scoreboard with a layup, the Cougars held a 46-30 edge with 2:34 to go in the third.
“You know, being a young team, we’ve got a real emotional bunch of kids,” Nelson said. “If we hit just one shot, it can really get us going.
“We actually could go far in this (section tournament) because most Division V teams only have one or two players. We have a lot of guys that can play.”
In addition to Jennings, Thornton scored 13 points for the Cougars, while CC junior Joel Pelton added 10 points and Nathan Garth, a freshman, scored nine.
The Falcons were led by Reed’s nine-point night, while Metteer scored seven points and seniors Kevin Farnum and Sparling each scored five.
Metteer said the end of his career may have come with a loss, but he and his senior classmates certainly enjoyed scoring the biggest win of the season earlier in the week.
“It was a great way to finish off my career,” Metteer said. “A 15-seed beating a No. 2 doesn’t happen that often. So the Lord allowing that to happen was amazing.”
Capital Christian advances to the Division V semifinals, where the Cougars will face the winner of Friday’s Ripon Christian-Elliott Christian game at Galt High School Tuesday.
Cougars 66, Falcons 40
FLC 13 15 2 10 – 40
CC 20 11 16 19 – 66
Forest Lake Christian (40)
Nate Holt 1 0-0 2, Scott Tracy 0 0-0 0, Phil Sparling 2 0-2 5, Kevin Farnum 1 3-5 5, Andrew Ritchart 1 0-0 2, Grant Marple 4 0-0 10, Serge Castlebury 0 0-1 0, Sam Metteer 3 1-4 7, Adam Reed 3 2-3 9. Totals 15 6-15 40.
Capital Christian (66)
Nathan Garth 3 3-4 9, Xavier Walton 0 3-4 3, Ryan Thorton 5 1-2 13, Josh Bansuelos 0 0-0 0, Austin Nelson 2 0-0 4, Matt Cook 1 0-0 3, Joel Pelton 3 3-6 10, Aaron Teddington 2 0-0 4, Patrick Jacobs 0 0-0 0, Terrence Jennings 6 4-6 16, Ryan Allen 0 0-0 0, Enrique Ivers 0 0-0 0, Travis Parker 1 0-0 3, Anthony Riley 0 1-1 1. Totals 23 15-23 60.
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