Posted On: 01/12/21 11:20 PM

FACS survived a scare Tuesday night at home, holding off Evangelical Christian School, 44-41 to stay undefeated (8-0).

Here are three observations from the Crusaders’ win over the Eagles.

The 1-2-2 zone frustrated FACS

ECS head coach Willie Jenkins was very upset at his team for not communicating on the defensive end and allowing the Crusaders to make five uncontested 3s in the first quarter, which helped them jump out to a 17-2 lead. The Eagles went into the second quarter down 23-5, then their defense – a 1-2-2 zone – stepped up. FACS had turnovers and senior big man Dietrick Pennington’s presence in the paint opened up scoring opportunities for ECS.

Once the Eagles jumped into their funky 1-2-2 zone, they stayed in it for the remainder of the game. It took away a lot of corner 3-point attempts the Crusaders love to take. The zone also took away Josh Ward’s ability to penetrate.

Now, there were a handful of times junior guards Kobe Wilkes and Corey Savage had a split second to attempt a 3, but neither guard was ready to shoot. ECS’s defense – along with Pennington’s presence – were the two main reasons the Eagles were

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