Vacaville Christian sweeps doubleheader with FLC
In Tuesday’s game between teams going in different directions, 32 was not enough.
But 31 did the trick.
Forest Lake Christian fell to Vacaville Christian 69-59, with Vacaville’s Jake Able going 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the game’s final minutes and scoring 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter.
FLC’s Josh Ritchart, who finished with a game-high 32 points, couldn’t carry the Falcons across the finish line while being limited to six points in the final period.
But Ritchart did dominate. The 6-foot-8 senior had more dunks in the game than a donut shop filled with police officers, stuffing six on the night.
The host Falcons (9-10 overall, 3-5 league) had trouble handling the 2-2-1 full-court press, which created opportunities for the visiting VC Falcons, who ended the night with 21 steals.
“”We did a better job, breaking the press this time versus the last,” FLC coach Dave Thomas said.
FLC shot 18-for-46 from the floor and did take the lead in the third, but the turnovers were the difference.
“We are not there as a team,” Thomas said. “We hang close and then it all goes away.
“We have to win the rest of our games. We are in the middle of the pack, and we are in a lot of trouble.”
Vacaville Christian came into Tuesday’s contest on a five-game win streak, including a 61-14 victory over Woodland Christian on Jan. 19.
Now VC has won six straight.
Mike Jarvis, coach of the visiting Falcons (16-5, 6-1), said he is glad he does not have to play against Ritchart again.
“He is the best I have seen in person,” Jarvis said. “I look forward to going to Davis to watch him play.”
FLC’s Garrett Boatman gave 11 points, Randy Van Winkle seven and Jason Camacho delivered three in the loss.
The Forest Lake Christian boys varsity basketball team sits in, on and around the postseason bubble, coming into the contest the Falcons were rated 12th and must finish the regular season as a 16th seed or better. The Falcons have been led to Arco Arena the last two seasons by Ritchart, but he’ll need some help down the stretch to qualify for the postseason.
FLC will be back in action on Friday, as they will host Delta (10-8, 2-5) a team the Falcons faced on the road on Jan. 12. In that contest the Falcons held a five-point lead for three quarters and finished with a final score of 64-54.
Delta is led by 5-10 junior Gerald Santos, who has averaged 11 points per contest.
“Delta plays good teams tough,” said Thomas. “We still have to play number five, Waldorf.”
On Friday, Vacaville will host Victory Christian (18-2, 7-0), the team that sits atop the Central Valley Christian league. If the Vacaville Christian is going to make a run at the league title, it must find a way to slow down senior Nathan Coppernall who is averaging 19 points, eight rebounds per contest.
On Jan. 12 Victory Christian defeated Vacaville Christian 48-45, Coppernall had 19 points and six rebounds in the win.
Vacaville Christian 65, Forest Lake Christian 37
Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team saw the same 2-2-1 full court press with similar results giving the ball up 14 times in the fourth quarter to Vacaville Christian and falling 65-37.
“Composure under fire,” Forest Lake coach Linda Clough said. “We are still working on that aspect of the game.”
The host Falcons cut the lead to eight points midway through the third, but could not hold on finishing out behind 18 points at 48-30.
Lindsey Elm, the Vacaville guard, finished as the game’s leading scorer with 21, while FLC was led by Maggie Aubuchon’s 10 and Laura Ritchart gave nine in the loss.
“We started the game as an eight seed,” Clough said. “That is a good place for us, we would have one home game and then travel to Turlock.”
Clough and the Lady Falcons host Delta on Friday.
Contact Sports Writer Scott P. Hopper via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 477-4231.
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