By Dave Wagner
The Faith Triumphant Conquerors ended their 2004-05 basketball season on a successful note Thursday night with a 72-51 victory over Amarillo Bible Heritage at the FTCS gym.
Junior Seth Pearon led four players in double figures for FTCS (12-4) with a personal-best 22 points. Luis McCain added 18 points while Caleb Richards scored 14 and Eric Cathey added 12.
The Conquerors scored the game’s first four points, led 9-2 after a 3-pointer by Pearson midway through the opening period and were never seriously challenged by the Eagles (11-15).
“We played how we’re capable of playing tonight,” FTCS boys coach Shawn Kelly said. “We were smart with the ball the first couple of quarters and we were getting some easy shots, although they weren’t all falling for us.
“Seth has come on the last five or six games this season. He’s really started to shine.”
The Conquerors built their lead over 20 for the first time on a fast-break layup by Pearson with 4:37 left in the second quarter. They led 44-21 at halftime, and were up 68-35 midway through the final period before Bible Heritage made a late run.
Bible Heritage defeated FTCS 38-26 in the girls contest despite a near triple-double — 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals — for the Lady Conquerors’ Jessica McCain. Reshea Kelley added nine points and 10 rebounds for FTCS (4-10).
With only six players in uniform, Faith Triumphant played most of the fourth quarter with just four after losing two to fouls.
“They hung in there and played pretty well with four players,” FTCS girls coach Jessica Roberts said. “My girls learned so much this year and came a long way. I’m really proud of them.”
Faith Triumphant 72, Amarillo Bible Heritage 51
Amarillo Bible Heritage (11-15) — Matthew Johnson 17, Michael Taylor 8, Josh Salicco 2, Derek Johnson 11, Sae Jin Kang 3, Adrian Hernandez 2, Derek Davis 8. Totals 20 9-13 51.
Faith Triumphant (12-4) — Caleb Richards 14, Luis McCain 18, Tim Smith 6, Eric Cathey 12, Seth Pearson 22. Totals 27 13-16 72.
Amarillo Bible Heritage 10 11 14 16 — 51
Faith Triumphant 20 24 15 13 — 72
3-pointers — Amarillo Bible Heritage (2): Johnson, Kang. Faith Triumphant (5): Cathey 2, Pearson 2, McCain.