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Flames win big over Cherokee, 76-29

Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior post Joseph Woods jumps for a rebound during the Flames’ 76-29 win against Cherokee on Nov. 17. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro


MARBLE FALLS — Already leading holding a big lead early in the fourth quarter, the Faith Academy boys basketball team continued to push the pace against Cherokee on Nov. 17.

But this time, senior post Joseph Woods had a breakaway dunk that caused fans clad in red and black to give a standing ovation. The play eventually led to a 76-29 victory.

Most fans, and even Woods’ teammates, celebrated the dunk. But not Faith head coach Randy Denton, who moved his left hand in a circular motion to signal the dunk was OK.

Woods grinned when he reflected on seeing his coach’s reaction.

“I had to hurry up and get it in,” he said. “I was trying to make up for what I’d done earlier. I just felt like I didn’t play the way I needed to play.”

Woods led all scorers with 24 points.

The manner in which the Flames (2-1) won the contest left fans encouraged.

They raced to a 22-4 lead in the first quarter that ballooned to 37-13 by the half.

Denton said he told his players from the start that the emphasis in this game was on defensive improvement. So Faith jumped out into a full-court defense in the first quarter, dropped back into a 1-3-1 defense in the second and finished the game by playing man-to-man.

The Flames play well offensively, the coach said. Now he wants their defense to get better.

One of the reasons why Faith was able to win so easily is because players finished plays on both ends.

On Cherokee misses, steals and turnovers, the Flames outran the Indians to the other basket and either completed the fast break or set up a half-court offense where the open Faith player scored.

“I thought it was better,” Denton said. “I think we can get better. Damien (Charles) did a much better job finding (his teammates).”

“We have many options,” said Charles, the team’s point guard. “We have to keep working hard. Lately, we’ve been trying to work together. Our main focus is getting better and better each game.”

TOP PLAYERS: Joseph Woods 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block; Damien Charles 19 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals

ON OFFENSE: Points – Jarrett Haydon 5, Jonathan Reyes 4, Rich Coleman 8, Reagan Hanish 6, Rawley Jackson 4, Preston Richardson 6; assists – Haydon 1, Coleman 2, Hanish 1, Jackson 5.

ON DEFENSE: Steals – Haydon 1, Reyes 3, Coleman 2, Jackson 5; rebounds – Haydon 3, Reyes 2, Coleman 3, Hanish 2, Jackson 4; blocks – Coleman 2, Hanish 1.

RECORDS: Faith Academy is 2-1.

UP NEXT: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Faith vs. Khabale at The Fire Pit, located three miles east of Marble Falls off RR 1431