By Thomas Sellers Jr.
MEMPHIS — The Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebels’ slow offensive start Dec. 1 helped the host FACS Crusaders jump ahead 41-13 by halftime. TRA Head Coach David Hunt’s players went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to make the score 43-26. But FACS’ 9-0 run to close out the third quarter led to a 60-35 victory. In the early moments of the game, the Rebels got three-pointers from Preston Trainor and AJ Hightower to make the score 8-6 in favor of the Crusaders.
FACS closed out the first quarter with a 9-0 run with baskets from Joe Thaxton, Tre’ Curtis and Alijah Bell. Ahead 17-6 entering the second quarter, the Crusaders but their advantage to 27-6. FACS junior guard Connor Mudry made a steal leading to a layup to give the Crusaders a 21-point lead. Austin Sanfratello ended TRA’s drought with a three-pointer. FACS was ahead 41-13 at the break.
The Crusaders got a layup from Curtis early in the third quarter. Meanwhile TRA scored 13 points starting with a Darien Weakley layup. Later, Hightower made a jumper and scored in the low post to make the score 43-23. When TRA’s run concluded, the tally was 43-26. Jordan Hill ended the Crusaders drought and sparked a 9-0 run with a layup. Bell hit a three-pointer and stole the ball leading to a bucket.
When FACS forward Parker Rye scored on a put-back bucket the score was 52-26. FACS entered the fourth quarter ahead 54-27.