JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
SAN ANTONIO — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls boys basketball team’s season ended in a 69-68 loss to Beaumont Legacy at a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools regional tournament Feb. 28.
Still, Flames head coach Randy Denton said the positives during the season far outweigh its end including making the playoffs for the first time in program history.
“We’ve been building for three years,” he said. “Everybody who was on this ride, leaves … and they’re better for it. I’m still hurting. This the best boys basketball team that’s ever come through Faith Academy. I’m very proud and honored to be a part of it.”
Senior post Joseph Woods and senior guard Damien Charles saved their best for last. Woods averaged 27 points in the final two games of the season, while Charles averaged 24.
“Seniors led us on and off the court,” Denton said. “Basketball is only a small part of what they bring. They’re leaders.”
Faith (19-6 overall, 12-0 in District 4-3A) trailed Legacy 26-17 after the first quarter then came back for a 41-36 lead at the half. The Flames continued the onslaught in the third period for a 60-49 advantage headed into the final period.
But Legacy refused to concede the contest. It forced turnovers that became points to erase the deficit. Denton said the two teams matched each other basket for basket until the final seconds of the contest.
Faith trailed 69-66 but had the ball with under 10 seconds left. The Flames scored a two-point bucket but ran out of time to get another possession.
Legacy was able to use a 10-player rotation that led to the outcome, Denton said.
“It came down to depth,” he said. “I think we ran out of gas at the end. I don’t think we choked or were afraid of the moment. If we’re not in that game, we don’t have an opportunity to win it or lose it.”
The Flames advanced to the regional final after defeating Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills 70-49 on Feb. 27. Faith led 16-7 after the first period, 37-19 at halftime and 57-28 after three quarters.
Denton said the first-quarter score might be because his players possibly were “overly excited” to be playing in a regional tournament.
The Flames contained sophomore post Luke Schultz, who had been averaging 16 points a game. He finished with four.
“I thought the boys did an excellent job executing the game plan,” he said.