FEIA Falcons battle in NPA quarterfinals: two games, two stories

Last night, both Fort Erie International Academy (FEIA) Falcons men’s teams played in the National Preparatory Association (NPA) quarterfinals.

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NPA is a prep league, sponsored by North Pole Hoops, with a stated mission to provide the “pathway, national infrastructure and platform” for elite level basketball talent.

The night started off with the FEIA Red Falcons taking on Ridley College (RC). These two teams met many times through the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA); the Falcons knew what had to be done to win this match.

After tipoff, the Falcons came out strong. Jihad El Khatib knocked down three shots from beyond the arc in the first half alone.

The Falcons created separation, providing momentum heading into the second half, and maintained a lead resulting in a 77-65 win.

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Felix Kossaras had impressive stats, putting up 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Falcons.

For RC’s squad, Caleb Roberts had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists. 

FEIA Red advanced to the semifinals, where they played St-Jean-Vianney College (CSJV) Prep International earlier today. 

Then at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the FEIA Falcons tipped off against the defending OSBA champions, the Royal Crown School (RCS) Lions.

Earlier in the OSBA season, the Falcons had a dominating performance against the Lions and were hoping for a repeat performance.

This match went back and forth but the Falcons always found themselves trailing, ultimately losing 70-62. 

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FEIA’s Tobe Ezeokafor put up 16 points and had 11 rebounds for a double-double, plus six assists and two steals.

The Lions player of the game, Austin Goode, had 11 points and five rebounds. 

This brings the FEIA Falcons season to an end, but the FEIA Red Falcons have their sights set on winning the NPA championship.

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