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FBCA captures nailbiter at Sabine Pass High School 52-50

November 19, 2018

SABINE PASS - It was a happy 100-mile drive back to the Pasadena-First Baptist Christian Academy campus Friday night for the varsity boys basketball team.

But only by a paper-thin difference was the long trip home a happy one.

The Warriors watched a Sabine Pass High School three-point goal try at the buzzer miss its mark, enabling FBCA to escape the Sharks Field House with a heart-pounding 52-50 non-district victory.

After a Sharks timeout and the ball on their end of the floor with seven ticks left, Sabine Pass worked the ball over to the right side where the bid for the game-winning shot was taken.

The shot had the distance but it hit some part of the cylinder and the ball bounded harmlessly high in the air as the game-ending buzzer sounded.

Trailing 43-39 entering the fourth period, the Warriors (2-1) outscored the District 12-2A public school 13-7 for the final eight minutes.

The hero was Mason Lonsford, who accounted for eight of the 13 points, including what proved to be the game-winner, a 3-point goal with 65 seconds remaining in the contest. En route to 12 total points, it was his second bonus bucket of the period.

Those final 65 seconds seemed like an eternity as both teams had chances to do something about the eventual final score.

For FBCA’s part, it missed the front end of a 1-and-1 situation at the foul line. The team was only 3-of-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth but on this night, it did not come back to haunt them.

For the Sharks, they weren’t getting many second looks because the Warriors were very active on the boards, compiling 16 rebounds just in the fourth period alone.

Andres Rodriguez finished with team-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds, six boards arriving in the fourth. Five of his 20 points also came in the fourth.

Jake Sweeney had a good night in the Sharks tank, compiling 10 points and seven rebounds. The senior drained three buckets and all three were from behind the arc, including two in the third to go with three rebounds.

The rest of the FBCA scorers had Stephen Shaklovitz with four and the trio of Kevin Guidry, Brayden Evans and Matthew Ybarra scoring two points.

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