FEIA women’s comeback bid stalled in ‘Blackout Thursday’ thriller

Last night was Blackout Thursday for the Fort Erie International Academy (FEIA) Falcons, a night on which both the women’s and men’s basketball teams played. The stands were full on both sides, with fans dressed in black, cheering, “Protect the nest!”

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The men’s team tipped off against the Ridley College (RC) Tigers at 6 p.m., led by Chidube Ekwommadu. Ekwommadu recently picked up his first Division I offer from Fairleigh Dickinson University after an outstanding performance in the Grind Session, an elite prep basketball circuit, averaging 18 points per game.

Dunks, threes, and blocks, set the tone early, due in no small part to the efforts of Point Guard Kevin Toth, one of the most skilled passers in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). He is able to find his teammates in the right spots and can read the floor, averaging 5.4 assists per game this season.

The men’s team pulled off the win, beating RC 86-74.

The women’s game against old rivals, the Royal Crown School (RCS) Lions, followed. The two teams last met in November. In that game, FEIA was short one of their most valuable players, Cearah Parchment, and lost to RCS 69-63.

Although that was a difficult matchup for the Falcons, Nyadieng Yiech had an outstanding performance and scored 33 points. Sadly, Yiech was not in attendance for last night’s rematch.

The women’s game moved fasted and was filled with ties and lead changes. At halftime, the score was 35-30 in favour of the Falcons.

Unable to find their footing in the third quarter, the Falcons struggled with offense and scored no more than five points, trailing the Lions by 14 points heading into the final quarter.

With two minutes left in the game, the Falcons were down by 10, but managed to come back and take the lead after two successful free throw attempts.

It all came down to what could have been a game-winning three-point shot, but unfortunately the women’s team again fell to RCS in a game that ended 64-63.

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