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Valley Christian still on top of SMAL, beats Faith Christian

By: Staff Report
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A hot-shooting first half allowed Faith Christian to hang around, but it was only a matter of time before the Valley Christian Academy boys basketball team took control. That happened in the third quarter, when the Lions outscored Faith Christian 19-3 to break open a contest that had been a 10-point game at intermission. VCA stayed on top of the Sacramento Metro Athletic League with an 87-51 win. "The game was close in the first half, but the pace of play was in our favor," said VCA coach Brad Gunter. They hit seven NBA threes with hands in their faces. They were absolutely on fire. I kept telling my players to keep up the pressure and that eventually they would have to cool down." Faith Christian scored just the three points in the third stanza and six of its nine in the third came after the game was long decided. "They were hitting bank shots from deep from the baseline. It was amazing," Gunter said. "The pressure and a few tactical changes at half proved my point to our players in the second half, and the third quarter showed it." Twelve of the 14 Lions who got into the contest put points on the board, led by Ryan Cordell's 28 points. Rob Frank was also in double figures with 12 and Jason Gish added nine. Valley Christian (6-0 in the SMAL, 16-3 overall) has its biggest test of the season Thursday when the Lions visit Bradshaw Christian (6-0, 13-6). VCA will travel to Elk Grove to take on Bradshaw, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion. "It's time to see how good we really are," Gunter said.