Game of the Year Part One
August 5, 2014By Gabe Anderson of Heritage Christian Academy Boys Basketball
Heritage's celebration after defeating Maranatha 71-58 last year for the first time in school history. The Mustangs will be looking for revenge Tuesday night
If you are a fan of MCAA basketball, you have most likely had January 15 circled on your calendar since the schedule came out. For this is the day that our beloved #3 ranked Eagles are taking on conference rival #1 ranked Maranatha Christian Academy on their court. The battle of the undefeated rivals will begin 7:00pm tonight. The Mustangs are looking to avenge last year’s 71-58 section semifinals loss to the Eagles which was Eagles first victory against Maranatha in school history.
On the Mustangs, junior forward Spenser Bland said "They’re a good team, they have some good players, but its nothing that we can’t match up with. They like to push the ball up the court and get ahead of you and cause fast breaks".
The Mustangs are a very balanced team with five players averaging double digit points per game. They are led in scoring by Isaiah Hanson averaging 19.7 points per game. The Mustangs are coming off a 40 point blowout of the PACT Panthers. The Eagles are a very balanced team as well. All of their starters are averaging over 9 points per game led by Zach Weld at 20.2 points per game. The Eagles are coming off a convincing 69-34 road victory against The Bethany Academy Eagles in which they led 22-2 midway through the first half.
"The keys to getting the win are taking care of the ball" said junior forward Drew Kleinschmidt,"being patient on offence, and playing good man to man and help defense. Winning this game would be huge because we are playing in a hostile environment. They'll be coming at us with everything they got to get revenge for last years section game, so beating them again would be a huge boost. I know were not here to mess around we mean business."
Despite the importance of this road game, Brad Basco puts the game in perspective "It's just another game for us" said senior forward Basco "We will prepare for it in the same way we would for any other conference game".
A loss would not be the end of the road for the Eagles considering they will matchup again with the Mustangs on 2/15 at home, but a win would mean the world to the Heritage basketball program. The winner will most likley take the number one ranking in the 1A polls. The winner, at least for now, will be reguarded as the best that 1A has to offer. This game means alot to say the least.
Also of note, Zach Weld is 38 points away from 1,000 points and has the potential to achieve the milestone Tuesday night. He is averaging 20.2 points per game. If he were to score 38 or more points tonight he will become the sixith player in Heritage history to score 1000 points