FCA (8-2) got a measure of payback against Trinity Christian for losing the ICSGA championship game to them in November and for losing an earlier game to Trinity’s basketball team this season.
“We had a 20-point lead against Trinity at halftime the first time and they came back and beat us,” said FCA junior point guard Kelveyun Newton, who finished with 11 points Thursday. “It was nice to get a win against them this time.”
Trinity played well in the first half, getting Morris in foul trouble and leading 21-16 at halftime.
The iron was unkind to Trinity in the second half, as it scored only 12 points total.
FCA led 27-26 heading into the fourth quarter and took the lead for good as the 6-foot-8 Morris took over. He scored eight straight points, including a 3-pointer and a 3-point play, to give FCA a 35-28 lead with 4:30 left in regulation.
A trey from Trinity’s Thiago Dialo cut the FCA lead to 35-31, but Newton made a jumper and Cody Dutton (7 points) sank a free throw and had a fast-break layup (on a bullet pass from Robert Jackson) to give FCA a 40-31 lead with 2:50 left, sealing the game.
“We played great defense in the second half and that’s what helped us win,” said Dutton, a sophomore.
Jackson and Brandon Ray had 4 points each and Willie Kennedy had 4 steals and 4 rebounds for FCA.
In girls basketball action Thursday evening, Shannon Kelly scored 13 points but it wasn’t enough as the FCA Lady Lions lost to Trinity’s Lady Lions 44-27.
Aleigha Jones and Brieanna Archer added four points each for FCA. Brandy Waters led Trinity with 10 points.