MBKB: Fort Bend Christian Academy 68, Houston HCYA Warriors 60

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (November 5, 2018) — Somebody forgot to tell Fort Bend Christian Academy head boys basketball coach Kalvin Lewis about scheduling the proverbial easy home season opener.

In a contest that felt more like a February 2019 playoff warm-up game, Lewis’ Eagles outhustled Houston’s HCYA (Homeschool Christian Youth Association) Warriors to a 68-60 win Monday night.

Ranked eighth in class 5A to start the 2018-2019 campaign by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) private and parochial school boys rankings, the senior-laden Eagles were pushed to the limit by the Warriors after seeing a 14-point, 51-37 lead evaporate over the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters.

The Warriors, who fell to 2-1 after opening the season with wins against Beaumont Kelly and Houston Lutheran South Academy, went on an 18-3 run to take only their second lead of the evening, 55-54, with approximately five minutes remaining.

Daniel Decker started the run with a pair of three point field goals from the left elbow and the right corner – half of his 12 points — before four other Warriors helped put HCYA back in front.

However, senior Timi Ibdapo-Obe put the Eagles on his back scoring 11 of his game-high 23 points in the last four and a half minutes to key Fort Bend Christian Academy’s closing 14-5 run.

HCYA was led by Allen Udemadu‘s 19 points, followed by 16 points from Jordan Lewis and Decker’s 12. Fort Bend Christian Academy got 15 points apiece from Damian Adams and Connor Brotherton.

The Warriors raced to a 7-2 lead on a three-pointer and an additional bucket from Lewis before the Eagles took advantage of great defense and even better passing to spark a 14-3 run that gave Fort Bend Christian a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Brotherton scored eight in the first quarter with two of the buckets coming off direct feeds from Ibdapo-Obe, who added a pair of baskets himself.

HCYA cut the lead to one, 20-19, in the second behind a pair of Udemadu baskets and a three from Lewis, but senior Damian Adams delighted the crowd with a pair of threes that stretched Fort Bend’s lead to seven, 26-19.

Matching HCYA’s aggressiveness, though, put HCYA shooters on the line late in the second quarter as Udemadu, Decker and Chules Isitua went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe to trim the Eagles’ halftime lead to four, 33-29.

The Eagles went two-for-one on baskets to start the third quarter to stretch the lead to six, 42-36 before getting three pointers from Jared Bohny, Ibdapo-Obe and Brotherton to push Fort Bend Christian’s largest lead of the game to 14, 51-37.

HCYA — 10 – 19 – 17 – 14 — 60
FBCA — 16 – 17 – 21 – 14 — 68

HCYA (2-1) — Brazos Bledsoe 0 0-0 0, Abdallah Roberts 2 1-2 5, Will Harris 1 2-3 4, Allen Udemadu 6 6-8 19, Jordan Lewis 5 1-1 16, Daniel Decker 4 1-2 12, Chules Isitua 1 2-2 4. TOTALS 19 13-18 60.

FBCA (1-0) — Brooks Cartwright 0 0-0 0, Luke Markoe 2 0-0 5, Damian Adams 6 0-1 15, Chuka Uzoka 3 1-2 7, Jared Bohny 1 0-0 3, Garrett Prince 0 0-1 0, Timi Ibdapo-Obe 8 6-7 23, Connor Brotherton 7 0-0 15. TOTALS 27 7-11 68.

THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS — HCYA 7 (Udemadu, Lewis 3, Decker 3), FBCA 6 (Markoe, Adams 3, Bohny, Ibdapo-Obe). FOULS — HCYA 12, FBCA 17.

By Jon Walk