CFCAs Jason Olivas admitted after Tuesdays game against Covenant that he was just a little bit nervous heading into the second half.
While the Lancers led 33-27, the number on Olivas mind was four -- the number of fouls he picked up in the first half.
But despite a great effort from an undermanned Covenant team, Olivas and the Lancers held on for a 74-59 win, advancing to the semifinals of the GISA Region 1-AA tournament Thursday. With the win, CFCA also earned a spot in the Class AA tournament.
I knew I had to do everything I could to stay in the game, but (head coach Jeremiah) Sattazahn trusted me enough to leave me in for most of the second half, said Olivas, who scored a game-high 30 points. We knew that we had to win to make it to state, and I just credit my teammates for a great win. I cant wait to play another game.
The Lancers had beaten Covenant twice during the season, but one of those games was a 91-89 shootout. Tuesdays game started off the same way as CFCA led 21-19 after just one quarter. It used a 10-3 run early in the second quarter to open that lead to 31-22, behind the scoring of Olivas and Lance Sarazine.
But Covenants Colby Thorn and Jacob Bedingfield rallied the Rams late in the quarter to cut into the Lancers lead. Olivas picked up his fourth foul with just more than a minute to go in the half, and it appeared that Covenant had the momentum.
CFCA, however, had different thoughts as its stretched its lead to 49-40 by the end of the third quarter behind the play of Michael Hicks, who scored seven points in the quarter, and Olivas, who scored six. But Covenant rallied to cut the Lancers lead to 60-55 with 2:05 left in the game on a four-point play by Thorn, who finished with seven 3-pointers and 25 points.
But Olivas was too much down the stretch, going 8-for-8 from the free-throw line to lead the Lancers to the win.
What a great effort they got from Thorn, said Sattazahn, whose team got a 20-point night from Sarazine. I would take him on my team any day. We all knew that this would be a difficult game, because Covenant is very well-coached, and they always play hard.
But we have some guys who can play, too. It was a mistake to have Jason picking up four fouls in the first half for sure, but he did a great job at staying away from fouls, and I think he played all but two minutes in the second half.
Bedingfield had 27 points, including 17 in the second half.
In Tuesdays other boys game, Windsor routed Briarwood 75-38 behind 20 points from Antonio McKinney, 16 from Landry Rustin and 10 from Austin Thomas.
The CFCA girls also advanced to the Class AA tournament with a 36-33 win over Covenant. The Lancers were led by Hannah Bozeman with 15 points, while Covenant was led by Audra Battle with 12.
The sixth-seeded Windsor girls team gave third-seed Monsignor Donovan all it could handle but fell 48-47. The Knights led 27-23 at the half but could not quite get the lead back in the fourth quarter after trailing by four after the end of the third quarter.
Megan Wall and Kadie Sadler led the way for the Knights with 12 points while Kayla Aber added 10.