FBCA’s Evans scores season-high 21 in sparking Warriors to 59-57 win
RICHWOOD - It was an oh no moment that turned into an oh-so-sweet moment for Brayden Evans and the Pasadena-First Baptist Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team Thursday night.
With a precarious two-point lead and just seconds remaining in their non-district game against Brazosport Christian, Evans went against the wishes of the coaching staff and lofted a shot attempt from behind the 3-point arc.
A misfire to go with a weakside rebound by the home team and that precarious two-point lead would have become twice as precarious.
But Evans, who had been hot all game long, avoided the scorn of the coaches, when his shot from the right side found all net, clinching a sorely-needed 59-57 victory.
Evans’ bucket sealed the victory because it created a five-point lead before Camden Sargent, Brazosport Christian’s three-sport athlete, drained a 3-point goal as time expired, creating the final score.
Evans overcame a little bit of foul trouble to finish with a season-best 21 points. His best night of the season so far was highlighted by the sophomore draining five 3-point goals.
Three of the five bonus buckets came in the first period when he reached the second period with already 11 points to his credit.
They were crucial points because Sargent came out strong as well, resulting in the two teams deadlocked at 20-20 entering the second eight minutes.
It was 36-36 at halftime before FBCA took a one-point, 45-44 lead into the fourth.
In all, three Warriors scored in double figures by time the hotly-contested game was finished. Andres Rodriguez collected the double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Matthew Ybarra scored 11.
Sargent finished with 29 points, nine coming in the second period and 10 in the fourth. Nick DeOliveria contributed 13.
It helped FBCA greatly that Sargent picked up his fourth personal foul with 5:57 remaining in the game, forcing him to take a seat on the bench for a brief time. From the Warriors roster, Rodriguez was saddled with his fourth with 2:29 remaining.
The contest ended FBCA’s busy December schedule that saw the team go 4-5, giving them a 7-7 season record.
They’ll resume their schedule with the Beaumont Legacy New Year’s Tournament Jan. 3-4, before opening district play the following week.