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Faith Christian boys finish third at state tourney

No. 9 Eagles make incredible run to the Final Four

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— No. 9 Faith Christian boys’ basketball had its Cinderella bid at another state championship fall short.

The Eagles fell to No. 4 Colorado Academy 66-46 in the Final Four on Friday at Air Force Academy.

Colorado Academy went on to lose to No. 2 Holy Family 53-52 in dramatic fashion in the 3A state championship game.

Faith Christian then beat No. 3 Colorado Springs Christian 53-52 to take third place at the state tournament.

The Eagles led the entire first half but the Lions took a third quarter lead and both teams battled down the stretch.

And though Faith Christian fell short of winning yet another state championship, its road to third place this season was very impressive.

The Eagles lost three of the first five games of the season before they got it figured out. But once they did, they became one of the best 3A teams in the state.

Faith Christian (18-9, 6-2 in league play) won eight of nine games during one stretch mid season, and despite losing two games in the Metro league tournament just two weeks ago, the Eagles made an incredible run to the Final Four.

Faith Christian beat No. 24 The Academy, No. 8 Alamosa and No. 16 Manitou Springs before falling to Colorado Academy.

In addition, the Eagles could go from No. 9 seed to No. 1 seed next season as they graduate just three seniors and return the core of their team including their top two scorers in junior Spencer Bazz (15.9 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game) and sophomore Gabriel Hegarty (11.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg).