Colorado Springs Christian Drops Championship Game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Nick Gill scored 13 points and Faith Christian played strong inside defense to win the 3A boys state basketball championship with a 54-42 victory over Colorado Springs Christian Saturday night.

Chase Grabau had 11 points and Jobi Wall 10 points for Faith Christian (25-1).

It was the second state championship for the team that finished the year with an 18-game winning streak.

The Eagles won the title in 2002.

Faith Christian won the teams' regular season meeting 63-34.

Colorado Springs Christian (23-4) lost for only the second time in its last 25 games.

The team that had finished fourth at state the previous two season got 11 points each from Taylor Broekhuis, Matt Baarts and Mike Shugart.

The Lions shot only 34 percent from the field and had 13 turnovers.

Wall scored six points as Faith Christian opened the game with a 12-0 run.

Carter Mohnssen had a 3-pointer with 1:37 left for Colorado Springs Christian to cut the lead to 15-5 by the end of the first quarter.

The Lions got even closer as Broekhuis scored four points in a 6-0 run to close the gap to 21-19.

Micah Twedell and Gill made it a 25-19 game at the half with baskets in the final 1:15 for Faith Christian.

The Eagles held Colorado Springs scoreless for the first three
minutes of the second half.

Grabau's three-point play made it a 46-31 for Faith Christian with 5:55 left in the game.

Colorado Springs got as close to 48-40 after two free throws by Mark Kiemel with 2:03 before reserve Twedell sealed the game with a pair of layups.

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