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FBCA basketball teams get mixed results on opening day of Galveston tournament

December 7, 2018

GALVESTON - Pasadena-First Baptist Christian Academy’s varsity basketball teams had mixed results on the opening day to the annual O’Connell College Prep Gulf Coast Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament Thursday.

In the 16-team girls tournament under the rafters of the 54-year-old Buccaneers Gym roof, it was smooth sailing for the Lady Warriors who defeated Angleton Christian 44-16.

But in the boys division, the suddenly struggling Warriors dropped their third straight game, losing to Tomball Rosehill 62-47.

The girls will return to the court for a 4:30 p.m. game, while the guys, now 3-4, will start consolation action by playing at 1:30.

Keeleigh Wilbanks and Breanna Fuller each scored 12 points to spearhead the girls’ victory.

It looked like Angleton Christian was going to hang close when it only took a 10-6 deficit into the second period.

But that’s when FBCA took over, outscoring the other Lady Warriors team 17-2. Ali Dutton got it started with a steal, before scoring a three-point play the old-fashioned way, first with 1-of-2 from the foul line, before good work on the offensive boards led to Dutton getting the ball in her hands again, this time for the score.

Then the team finished the second period with 10 unanswered points. Wilbanks and Fuller finished the first-half rampage with seven of the 10 points. Fuller scored back-to-back baskets, but Dutton collected an assist on one of her buckets.

For the boys game, senior Andres Rodriguez scored 22 points and freshman Matthew Ybarra knocked down 18 for 40 of the team’s 47 points. All of Ybarra’s points arrived after the first period.

A slow start doomed FBCA’s chances of winning the contest. Tomball Rosehill owned a 34-17 intermission lead, but in the second half the Warriors stayed even with Rosehill, nipping them 30-28.

For his brief career on varsity, Ybarra drained a varsity-best four 3-point goals.

Last weekend, during the Faith Christian Academy varsity tournament, he knocked down four 3-point goals as a member of FBCA’s junior varsity team that was competing in the event.

It was that kind of effort that got Ybarra named to the All-Tournament Team.

As for Rodriguez, he had a monster third period in which he scored 12 of his 22 points. He found the bottom of the net five times during the third, including two 3-point goals.

Leading the team in the rebounding battles was another freshman in Josiah Fogg. Fogg pulled down 11, two more than Rodriguez, who is usually the team’s rebounding leader.

TOUGH NIGHT AT KATY FAITH WEST

Tuesday night at Katy Faith West High School, FBCA lost a heartbreaker to the home team, losing 54-53.

The Warriors rushed out to a 15-4 advantage after one period, stretching it to a 15-point lead through three periods after outscoring Faith West 20-14 in the third period.

But the home team outscored FBCA 20-4 over the final eight minutes.

Faith West came all the way back from its 15-point deficit when it took the lead for the first time in the game with 53 seconds to play.

Zane Vincent was a red-hot shooter for Faith West over the final 16 minutes, scorching the nets for six 3-point goals and seven total for the game.

Vincent finished with 26 points. Brett Roberts tacked on 12. He was 5-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth to go with seven points in the second.

FBCA received 14 points from Rodriguez, 13 from Ybarra and 10 from Fogg. On the boards, Rodriguez came down with 18 rebounds and Fogg collected 11.

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