FCS basketball opens 2017-18 season


By Randy Young



The Fayette Christian School Crusaders basketball team opened the 2017-18 season on Tuesday Nov. 28 with a 42-33 setback to Cozaddale Bible Academy.

The contest was low scoring as the first quarter ended with the visiting Chargers holding a 6-3 lead.

The second period, though, was the difference as the Crusaders were outscored 11-5 and trailed at the half, 17-8.

Both teams got hot in the second half as they scored 25 points each but the Chargers’ nine-point halftime lead held up for the victory.

For the local Crusaders, Lane Hufford led with 10 points. He was followed by Aaron Turner and Noah Gibbs with eight points each.

Nicholas Epifano had five points and Spencer Hanusik added two points. Gibbs had two three point field goals and Epifano had one.

Ben Starry led the Chargers with 18 points.

The Chargers were 7 of 11 from the charity stripe while the Crusaders went 0 of 1 from the line.

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The Fayette Christian School Crusaders played host to Licking County Christian Academy Eagles Tuesday night, Dec. 5, but the team was hurt by poor shooting and lost by a 48-40 score.

The Crusaders only trailed 11-9 after first eight minutes but the Eagles outscored the local squad by a 17-9 in the second period to open up a 28-18 lead at the half.

Licking County got the lead up to as much as 15 points in the fourth quarter but Nicholas Epifano hit two threes and a total of eight points in the period as the Crusaders scored 14 points including the last five points of the contest to help close the gap to eight points.

Epifano led the Crusaders (now 0-2) with 13 points including three treys. Noah Gibbs had 9 points (all in the first half), Lane Hufford and Aaron Turner chipped in eight points each & Spencer Hanusik had 2 points.

Unofficially the team shot under 30 percent from the field overall and 40 percent from the charity stripe.

Licking County Christian Academy was led by Caleb Westerlund with 21 points (16 in the first half) and Levi Ross added 17 points to the Eagles’ total.

Cyle Hughes had six points, Nash Spicer added a three-point shot and Bryan Dahlke added a free throw.

The Eagles (1-1) shot unofficially about 40 percent from the field and 52 percent from the free throw line.

The Crusaders had 10 turnovers while Eagles had seven.

Fayette Christian will now play back to back games next week before taking time off for the holidays. Monday they travel to High Street Christian Academy (Columbus) and on Tuesday they play at Hillsboro Christian.

In the reserve game, Licking County took a 31-23 decision over Fayette Christian. The game was tied at the half at 12 each but a 12-6 Eagles advantage in the third quarter helped them in gaining the win.

By Randy Young