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Faith on fire in fifth straight win



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January 26, 2011 | 08:39 AM
Milwaukee — In boys high school basketball, the Indian Trails Conference should officially take notice.

The Faith Christian Eagles have won five straight games, and at 6-1, they have catapulted into a tie for the ITC lead with Kenosha Reuther.

Faith's latest victim never had a chance.

Last Thursday at Eastbrook Academy, the Eagles soared to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter en route to a 70-31 thrashing of the Warriors.

Coach Brian Pollard said his team was in control throughout.

"It was just one of those games where everything went right," he said. "We played really well. It was one of our better team games. We did a good job moving the ball around, and we were really in a flow offensively."

Junior center Ben Sass stood out for the Eagles, leading all scorers with 21 points.

"Our size took control," Pollard said. "They couldn't stop Ben inside."

Adam Montsma added 17 points, and Alex Montsma tallied 11 points and seven assists.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors desperately tried to stop the Eagles with a full-court press, but Pollard said the Eagles broke the press with layup after layup.

"It just broke the game wide open," Pollard said.

Pollard is proud of his team's five-game win streak, and he believes everyone is contributing.

"The guys are finding their roles," he said. "The twins (Adam and Alex Montsma) have stepped up their games. Ben (Sass) is controlling the boards. Joe Ingersoll is playing well. And Jarad Mulder has stepped up and made some big shots all year."

Pollard added there is a difference in this year's team from last year's. He said his team has vastly matured.

"We've learned to keep teams down this year once we've taken the lead," he said. "I'm happy we're taking care of business with the teams we should beat. This year, we can beat teams that are supposed to beat us. Our level of competition is rising. That's good for a young team."

Tonight, Thursday, Jan. 27, the Eagles will travel to Ethan Allen, who is 5-1 in the ITC. Ethan Allen beat Faith earlier in the season but lost to Kenosha Reuther (6-1 ITC). Faith beat Reuther. According to Pollard, the three teams are in the thick of the conference title race. Pollard knows Ethan Allen will be tough.

"When we play there, we are going into a very hostile environment," Pollard said of Ethan Allen. "You can't bring a cell phone or anything into the gym. It's a culture shock for our guys. But they're a team we can beat. We must be ready to go. I've stressed in practice that we must keep our intensity. We're in a good rhythm right now, we can't get lackadaisical."

Faith will play Reuther again on Feb. 4. Pollard said Ethan Allen and Reuther will be measuring sticks for his squad.

"We'll see where we are," Pollard said. "There will be hostile crowds, and we'll see if our guys can step up. We have to be ready to play and handle the pressure."

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