Bethel Christian vs HCS Stats 1-14-05
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|Team Totals||73|| 59||21/41||51%||7/14||50%|
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Hesperia Christian got its second straight Agape win beating Bethel Christian at home 73-45. After a sloppy first two minutes of play, the Patriots buckled down to the task at hand and jumped out to a 19-3 first quarter lead. HCS was lead by junior Zach Howard and his 15 points. Howard got scoring support from Nate Glass' 11 points and Billy Howard's 10 points. By half the game was pretty much under control with HCS ahead 43-15. Solid passing, strong rebounding and good defense against the Bethel Christian shooters was the key to victory tonight. HCS got 39 rebounds with Glass getting 9 rebounds and Sean Bayer and Mike Maerzluft getting 6 boards a piece. HCS shot a phenomenal 57% from the three point line. This stat is even more impressive considering that HCS is the second worst three point shooting team in the Agape League. HCS may have played its best defense of the season, holding the three Eagle stars, Thies, Hicks and Cunningham well under their averages. The Patriots achieved this impressive win despite atrocious free throw shooting of only 50%, a stat typical of this season. But in every other category, HCS was superb. If the Patriots can continue to play this way, they can easily take the Agape League title again. HCS is now 7-9 and only four wins away from making CIF playoffs.
Hesperia Christian has their home Agape opener against Bethel Christian of Lancaster. Bethel Christian is presently 6-4 (0-0). HCS last met the Eagles a year ago where they won at home 88-47 and on the road 78-47. HCS has not lost to Bethel Christian in anyone's memory but this year the Eagles are fielding their best team ever. Their pre-conference schedule was the toughest they have ever played. They have always had decent shooters but no rebounding. This year they have a 6'1' center and are rebounding well. Eagles Mark Hicks comes into this game with a 24 ppg followed by Josh Thies with 14 ppg and then Mike Cunningham with a 13 ppg. Thies is the top 3 pt shooter in the Agape League and Hicks is the number three stealer in the league at this point.
HCS will have to play exceptional basketball to get past the Eagles. This game may well be the most important game HCS plays in league as this game may decide HCS' playoff future this season. They will have to jump out to an early first quarter lead and maintain that lead throughout the game. It means making free throws, getting over 38 rebounds as a team and playing strong defense against the Bethel Christian shooters of Hicks, Thies and Cunningham. HCS presently has one more loss than they had all last season (8) and need five more wins to make CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Bethel Christian Eagles
|Team Totals||45|| 6|
(left)Senior Loren Barton drives to hoop.(right) Junior Zach Howard gets 2 of his 15 points.
Jordan Martinson dribbles around a Eagle player. Eagle Mark Hicks goes for 2 of his 11 points.
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