NBIAA Final 12

FCA Wins A Boys Title To Cap-Off Final 12

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – For a brief moment in time, it appeared there could be an upset brewing. It was whisked away quickly.

Too big and too deep, Fredericton Christian Academy Eagles earned a 72-56 win over an industrious crew of Canterbury High Trojans – Small Town, Big Dream said the sign – to win the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Final 12 boys’ single A crown Saturday night.

The win, in front of fervent fans on both sides of the Harbour Station support stations, capped another successful Final 12 weekend, New Brunswick’s February Frenzy played in front of solid crowds.

In the end, six teams earned championship banners after the Eagles cut the net. Canterbury was ready for this one and came out blazing, frustrating the favoured Eagles in tight and getting some offensive magic, earning a 17-11 lead after the first 10 minutes.

Knocking down a three-pointer early in the second frame pushed the Trojans into a 20-11 lead before FCA went to work, scorching a 10-0 run at one point to take the lead, a role it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. The Eagles had a 38-28 lead when halftime arrived.

Both teams tickled the twines aplenty in a high-paced third quarter, the Eagles outscoring Canterbury 22-17 to open a 15 point lead into the final stanza. The hill was too steep to climb out of for the Trojans and FCA kept motoring for the crown.

The one-two punch of Ryan Ranni and Ethan Drost shrugged off early struggles and paced FCA’s offence. Ranni had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the towering Drost collected 19. Joey Drost had eight. Riley Taylor drilled 21 for the Trojans. Workhorse Maurier McLaughlin scored 13 and Will Luimes had 12. Luimes collected a remarkable 17 rebounds.

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