Falcons demonstrate courage under pressure despite narrow loss to USA

Thursday night at 6 p.m., the Fort Erie International Academy (FEIA) Falcons men’s team took on United Scholastic Academy (USA).

After a statement win against Royal Crown School on Saturday, the Falcons entered their home court on a high note. But sadly, that momentum did not translate to a win.

The Falcons fell short to USA 84-80.

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United’s star player, Josiah Francis, who is committed to Fairleigh Dickinson University, led his team to victory with 15 points. Hensley Ward was also impactful in this game, scoring 15 points of his own.

Falcons starting point guard, Kevin Toth, was out with an ankle sprain. He is hopeful to return by playoffs as his squad will need their facilitator back in action. Nishaan Singh, backup point guard for Toth, stepped up and played hard in his absence.

Sader Servilus also had an impressive performance, nearly putting up a triple-double, which would have been a first for a FEIA player this season. Servilus had 11 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists, before fouling out of last night’s game. In fact, several fouls were called throughout this game, which caused frustration for both teams.

This game was close throughout; neither team managed to gain a double-digit advantage. At halftime, the score was 41-37 in favour of the Falcons.

United’s Romell Russell scored 16 points in the second half and had some big plays in the fourth quarter, as USA started to heat up. Romell scored back-to-back isolation points, all but assuring a win for USA.

Late in the fourth quarter, FEIA’s Matthew Dann missed two crucial free throws, which would have brought the game to a one point differential. This unfortunately was one of many missed opportunities FEIA had to overcome USA and win this hard-fought battle.

Next week, the Falcons will take on the Bill Crothers Secondary School Colts in York Region.

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