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January 15, 2013 | 03:59 PMWALWORTH TOWNSHIP — If the Faith Christian boys basketball team keeps this up, the WIAA may have to raise the hoop to 12 feet from the standard 10.
After blazing the nets with 64-percent shooting last week, the Eagles upped the ante Saturday night.
Playing against Division 1 college recruit Jerrelle Deberry and Milwaukee Destiny at home, Faith connected on more than 70 percent from the field in a 75-70 victory.
Faith improved to 11-1 overall and received an honorable mention ranking in Division 5 in the latest Associated Press state poll.
Faith jumped out to a 45-36 halftime lead and held on in the second half. Faith senior Adam Montsma, who is fourth in the state with 28.3 points per game, led all scorers with 30 points. He outshined Destiny's Deberry, who finished with 23 points. Deberry is being recruited from several Division 1 programs including Marquette, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay.
Only four Faith players scored, but that was all the Eagles needed. Faith has won eight straight games.
"They played a full-court press that we broke and had a lot of fast break points," said Faith Christian coach Brian Pollard. "We played a matchup 2-3 defense, making sure when Deberry got it we double-teamed him. I think we frustrated them and caused them to try and do too much."
Destiny was forced to shoot a lot of 3-pointers in the second half and get out of their game. Destiny couldn't stop Montsma on the fast break.
Pollard said junior Joe Ingersoll controlled the boards.
The game was close late in the fourth quarter, but Faith junior Jared Mulder hit a three-pointer with 1:30 to play to give Faith a six-point advantage.
"Adam and Alex (Montsma) played great," Pollard said. "Overall, it was the best game we played this year. We did what we had to do to win the game."
Alex Montsma added 17 points, and Ingersoll and Mulder each tallied 14. Mulder knocked down three from beyond the arc.
It's finals week at Faith Christian this week, so Faith only has one game Thursday at home against CEO Leadership. Faith leads the Indian Trails Blue Conference with a 3-0 record, and its next test will come against second-place Kenosha Reuther on Tuesday.
On Feb. 1, Faith battles Division 5's fifth-ranked team, Milwaukee Academy of Science, in a rematch of last year's regional final. Milwaukee won that game, 49-42.
On Friday, Faith extinguished University Lake School, 74-29.
Adam Montsma paced the Eagles with 25 points, and Alex Montsma and Ingersoll each added 17.
"They could not match up with us," Pollard said.
Pollard said his team is right where it needs to be.
"We are playing our best basketball," he said.